PIPs Disability Benefit Test ‘Traumatic And Intrusive’



From Disabled Go News.


A test for a disability benefit is “traumatic” for applicants and needs to change, according to former work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb.

Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) help disabled people live an independent life.

But the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said applicants for PIPs found the test “very intrusive”.

The UK government said assessments were carried out by qualified health professionals.

In his first interview on welfare since resigning from the government, Mr Crabb told BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out programme: “Of course you do need a system of assessment when you’re giving out taxpayers’ money.

“But the way it has been done – I see this in my surgeries, every single MP in their surgery sees this – people who felt that the assessment procedure has been traumatic, intrusive, hasn’t been a comfortable experience at all. And that’s what we’ve got to fix.

“We need to have a supportive assessment process that obviously comes to the right decision about the kind of money and resource that a disabled person needs.”


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