I would just like to draw people's attention to a consequence of changing DLA (disability living allowance)to PIP (personal independence payments) payments. I am a 33 year old man with right hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which means I can't use my right arm or leg. I am fully ambulant. At present, under a three- tier payment system, , I receive the lowest rate of DLA care component (£21 a week) which is awarded if you have difficulties preparing a meal. When DLA is changed to two tier PiP payments, more stringent points criteria will mean that many people like me will no longer have amy chance of qualifying for disability benefit. Now, from a personal perspective, losing £21 a week is not critical, although I recognise that for some people it would have serious implications. The thing I think no one had considered is that if you in receipt of a disability benefit and are in low paid work, as a single person you receive working tax credit. Now, if you no longer qualify undwr far more stringent PIP criteria,then you are no longer going to qualify for tax credits, or whatever the equivalent under universal credit ( which I think is going to subsume wtc). Scary, huh?
I think there are going to be lots of issues with PIP. What you have described is appalling as the work you can do might well be limited by your hemiplegia. Even worse is the thought that this Govt could not give a toss....and that is my increasing opinion.
Gobby is right....too many people think that disability (however mild or severe) is some kind of lifestyle choice. Propaganda has been successful .....although my friend who works for ATOS has been told that people who are borderline in the assessments are now going to be found "not fit for work" ...a change of practice. She feels this is entirely planned to paint the Coalition in a better light during the build up to the election...."look, you spoke about ATOS and we listened". This is from a woman who has always voted Tory.
As for PIP there has been active concern for a long time, some changes have been made but nowhere near enough.
You say you won't miss the £21 a week.....but I suspect you might once it happens and you also lose the WTC. It's the fact that you won't have this money available if you need it.....and nor will anyone else in your position.