Vital benefits – designed to meet the additional costs of living with a disability – have been stripped away completely from over 120,00 people DWP statistics revealed this week.
Over a quarter of those previously claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have lost their benefits after being re-assessed by a private company as no longer having sufficient care or mobility needs to qualify for help. Savage new benefit eligibility tests have been introduced as part of the switch to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which is gradually replacing DLA. So far 27% of those facing this re-assessment have lost their benefit with hundreds of thousands of people still to be tested. Originally the government claimed 20% of people would lose their benefits due to the change-over. Chillingly it now appears it could be much worse. For newly disabled people the situation is even more dire, with only 48% of new claims for PIP being successful.
The shocking statistics come after disabled people announced a day of action against Capita, one of the companies who administer the tests – the other being the despised Atos. Disabled People Againsts Cuts (DPAC), Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) and Winvisible have joined forces to call for demonstrations in towns and cities across the UK on July 13th aimed at bringing these vile assessments to an end.
In London demonstrators will gather outside Capita’s offices at 71 Victoria Street, SW1 from 13.15. An online protest will also be held on the day. Please join and share the facebook page for the latest details of all events. As the protesters say:
“ATOS and Capita are making a killing from conducting sham PIP assessments which are seeing thousands of legitimate claimants having their benefits reduced, their incomes slashed and their motorbility cars removed.”
It is time to up the struggle and to demand that the corporate assessors #DoNoHarm”
The latest PIP statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-april-2016
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