Latest statistics on Personal Independence Payment new claims show a reduction in the average waiting time.
Richard Hawkes, CEO of disability charity Scope:
“Delays create stress and uncertainty for disabled people.
We welcome the statistics published today showing that the average waiting time for PIP claims is down from 30 to 14 weeks.
We hope the Government continues to make progress in dealing with the backlog for claims.
However, there remain fundamental problems with the assessment for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Two people with a similar level of impairment can have very different costs associated with their disability, but the payment they receive to cover those costs will be the same.
Life costs more if you are disabled. Scope research shows that this adds up to on average £550 per month.
Extra costs can make it extremely hard for disabled people to pay the bills.
We want the next Government to protect the value of extra costs payments - Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – which are a financial lifeline for disabled people and their families.” Ends
Notes to the editor:
For more information contact Warren Kirwan in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.