New figures show waiting times for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have increased. Responding to the increase, James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said:
“Today’s figures reinforce the fact that there remain serious issues with the application and assessment process for Personal Independence Payment.
“PIP is a lifeline for many disabled people to help meet extra costs related to their impairment or condition - our research show these add up to an average of £550 a month.
“Any delay receiving this crucial support could cause real distress to the thousands of disabled people who rely on PIP to live independently.
“Scope is calling for a complete overhaul of the PIP system to ensure it works for disabled people and accurately identifies the additional costs disabled people face.
“Currently, two-thirds of claimants (64%*) who dispute their PIP award are successful in their appeal. With the latest Government figures on PIP appeals due out tomorrow, we are waiting to see whether that trend has continued.”