We’re absolutely thrilled that the Government has withdrawn its proposals to reduce Personal Independence Payment (PIP) entitlement by changing the rules on the use of aids and appliances.
This is fantastic news for people with sight loss whose eligibility will be maintained.
Thank you so much to over 1000 people who took action to protect this vital benefit and responded to the consultation – we really couldn’t have done this without you. We’re sure that your actions in writing to your MPs and responding to the consultation went a long way in achieving this great result.
It was originally announced, however, that the changes made by the DWP would still affect people with a range of disabilities as of January 2017. Although the eligibility of people with sight loss will be maintained, we were really disappointed that some disabled people would lose out. However, we were really pleased to hear on 21 March that the Government has chosen not to proceed with any of the proposed changes to PIP. This follows growing discontent from MPs, disabled people and their organisations.
Anybody who is blind or partially sighted who is applying for PIP is urged to get advice from our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.
Personal Independence Payment toolkit
If you're blind or partially sighted our PIP toolkit can help you to complete your application form for PIP.