We only have 3 weeks before the 30th April deadline for the PIP (Personal Independence Payment) Consultation on the assessment criteria, thresholds and definitions. This is the most important consultation as it determines who will qualify for the new benefit, which will replace DLA (Disability Living Allowance) for claimants of working age.
Dr James Bolton, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the DWP, has told us he has received 300 responses so far. This is disappointing, but as we have pointed out to him, this consultation is exceptionally complex and difficult to understand, despite all our efforts to make it easier.
Some of the clever brains on the Spartacus consultation team have been looking at the consultation in detail over recent weeks and picking apart the descriptors. Our aim is to write a response on behalf of Spartacus, but we can’t do this without your input.
So please can you take part in our survey – you can find it here http://survey.spartacusforum.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes
You can do as little or as much of the survey as you feel able; there is an assumption you have read some of the documents, which you can find at http://wearespartacus.org.uk/spartacus-publications/pip-consultation-downloads/ (the unofficial guide to the PIP consultation is the best document to look at). If you’ve looked at the documents but still don’t understand it we do want to know – there is a question in the survey about how easy or difficult you have found it.
Note: Doing the survey to contribute to the group response does not replace taking part and giving your views as an individual; we need both. The more individual responses we can send to the DWP, the louder our voice. To find out how to respond as an individual, see http://wearespartacus.org.uk/pip-consultation/
If you only do one thing today, click on the link and help us make the DWP listen.
If you need help, go to the PIP consultation area in the Forum at http://www.spartacusforum.org.uk/forum/index.php/board,3.0.html
And remember – Alone we Whisper, Together we Shout!