DWP issues update on which conditions will no longer qualify for PIP

The Department for Work and Pensions have issued an update on PIP payments
The Department for Work and Pensions have issued an update on PIP payments -Credit:Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to say which conditions will no longer qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This follows on from a disability benefits crackdown, reports BirminghamLive.

DWP Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said the proposals were aimed at providing a "fair and compassionate" system with "bespoke" support. He added that the support would be tailored in an update on the PIP eligibility.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison McGovern, said "In recent weeks, the Secretary of State has decided to speak out of both sides of his mouth.

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"On the one hand he says 'I am grateful for today’s more open approach to mental health’, and with the same breath he tells us ‘there is danger that this has gone too far'. He wants it both ways, he thinks that openness about mental health is good but then says the very thing that brings back the stigma.

"Every time (Mr Stride) speaks, he makes it less likely that people will be open about their mental health. He says some health conditions can be taken out of Pip assessments, which conditions are we talking about?"

Mr Stride said that Ms McGovern's concerns would be raised in the consultation. He previously suggested to the Times that people with "milder health conditions" would no longer receive financial support.

He said in the Commons: "I think we should explore whether that approach we have at the moment is the best one in terms of outcomes. We have much to learn from the experiences of other countries around the world who have a similar benefit but go about the organisation and application of that benefit in a different way.

"New Zealand, for example, does indeed make payments based on invoices submitted for equipment by those who are receiving the benefit; Norway, for example doesn’t have assessments in the way that we do, they rely more on medical evidence provided by medical practitioners."

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