Hope you are all doing ok this morning. My post is about the recent PIP announcement and what I think we can do to try and limit the scope or the affect of the announcement reassessment timetable.
I’ll be contacting my MP and as I live in Scotland, my MSP who just happens to be the First Minister. I’ll be putting forward the argument that the DWP can search for claims which contain a demonstrable mental health element and can review these cases to see if the claimant has been awarded the full complement of points for the affect of their mental health condition.
I’ll be submitting that there is absolutely no need to reassess people who have already been judged entitled to the enhanced rates as there is no prospect that they are entitled to more money (which is the guise of the announcement); and I’d submit that where a mental health condition isn’t central to the application or where the claimant has already been awarded full mobility allowance then there is no need to review the application as doing so won’t change the outcome in the customers favour and will only serve to cause further stress and upset.
Here in Scotland the situation is complicated further as powers over PIP will be taken from the DWP and moved to the Scottish Government’s new Social Security Agency. For those of us in Scotland we could add a call for MSP’s and MP’s to ask the DWP to defer general PIP reassessments (subject to the above) as the Scottish Government will soon take over responsibility for PIP.
What does everyone think? Is it something we could perhaps collaborate on and come up with an open letter alongside contacting our own MP’s, AM’s, MLA’s and MP’s (perhaps even some sympathetic members of the House of Lords).
I understand some won’t want to go public and add their name to a letter and that is okay; contacting your own representative MP, AM, MLA or MSP will help up the pressure on the DWP.
As chair of Welfare Scotland and member of the group looking into how the new Social Security agency will be set up and how it will function, I am going to contact the new Scottish Social Security Minister and also put forward concerns into this recent announcement.