More than 220,000 people score `zero points´ on disability benefits tests
More than 220,000 people have been given “zero scores” in both parts of the test for disability benefits in only 18 months, according to new figures.
To qualify for these benefits, people need a score of at least eight. But in the last 18 months alone, more than 220,000 people have scored zero in both parts of the test – meaning they won’t be paid any money under the PIP (Personal Independence Payment) scheme. Many were previously receiving benefits under Disability Living Allowance, but when the system changed found they were denied what they were previously getting. In some cases, people have lost their mobility vehicles. More than 180,000 people who previously claimed Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have been denied PIP as they have transferred between the two systems.
What is PIP?
PIP – which stands for Personal Independence Payment – is to cover the extra costs of being disabled and people can be eligible for it whether they are in or out of work.
Labour’s former welfare minister Angela Eagle said: ‘It is deeply worrying to see just how many people are being written off and given scores of zero for their PIP assessments. ‘This reflects recent experience in my constituency, where increasing numbers of people are contacting me in great distress after receiving scores of zero. ‘This includes people that have received PIP in the past, and have actually seen a deterioration in their health since then.’ ‘Under the Tory Government’s assessment process tens of thousands of people with chronic disabilities have had their payments removed, and many with mobility problems have had their vehicles taken from them.’ Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments score people points based on their ability to carry out different tasks. For each component of PIP, people need at least eight points to get the standard rate or 12 points to get the higher enhanced payments. Overall, 347,210 cases have scored zero on either or both parts of the PIP test since April 2016.
Previous figures released to Parliament showed that in 2016, 13,130 people had a decision on PIP overturned having previously been scored zero.
A DWP spokeswoman said: ‘We introduced PIP to replace the outdated DLA system. ‘PIP is a better benefit which takes a much wider look at the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis, and is tailored to suit each individual’s needs. ‘Under PIP, 29% of claimants receive the highest rate of support, compared to 15% under DLA. ‘Decisions for PIP are made after careful consideration of all the evidence provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist, and anyone who is unhappy with a decision can appeal.’
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Source : http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/22/220000-people-scored-zero-disability-benefits-test-7250627/