New PIP petition calling for awards to be based on medical advice without assessment due official response
19.12.2022 - 21:19
An online petition proposing that people with certain medical conditions should not be required to attend a health assessment for benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has passed the 10,000 signature threshold that triggers an official response from the UK Government. The petition, created by Ray Vanderahe, suggests that PIP assessments should be based “solely on evidence from medical professionals, such as a letter from a GP or consultant”.
The ‘End assessments and consider disability benefit claims on medical advice alone’ petition, is hosted on the petitions-parliament website, where it has received more than 18,660 signatures of support from across the UK. At 100,000 the petition would be considered for debate in Parliament.
The petition states: “The [UK] Government should remove the requirement for people claiming disability benefits, such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), to have to go through an assessment process. Claims should be based solely on evidence from medical professionals, such as a letter from a GP or consultant.”
It continues: “We are concerned about how the disabled, with conditions such as inflammatory Arthritis. Heart disease, lung disease, respiratory diseases, poor mental health etc, are treated by the benefits system. Claimants with medical evidence of their condition should not be subject to degrading assessments.
“These delays in assessing claims risk deterring genuine claims. It has to stop.”
The petition is open until January 21, 2023 and can be viewed online here and we will update this article once a response has been given.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently rejected a similar petition which called for a full review into how PIP is delivered,