DWP PIP claims expected to see 'big changes' in support under Labour government

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The leading disability benefit in the country, Personal Independence Payments (PIP), might be set for significant revisions under the new Labour government. The expectation follows the triumph of the party on Thursday, which handed them a substantial majority in Parliament and anticipated to commence delivering their manifesto pledges.

In the run-up to the general election, the party didn't reveal specific details about its welfare reforms, however, PIP along with Universal Credit appear to be high on their priority list. Alison McGovern, a Labour MP, told i earlier that our welfare system demands "big changes".

She added that enhancements related to PIP should aim at supporting accurate assessment decisions and addressing the increasing queue of applicants.

The manifesto states: "Our system will be underpinned by rights and responsibilities people who can work, should work and there will be consequences for those who do not fulfil their obligations. Long waits for treatment of health conditions, particularly mental health, are contributing to the rise in economic inactivity. Labour will reform employment support so it drives growth and opportunity."

The Labour party has committed to a focus on integrating benefit recipients into the workforce where feasible, promising to "work with local areas" to enhance support during this transition. A key goal set out in their manifesto is to address the backlog of Access to Work claims, ensuring disabled individuals can pursue employment without the immediate threat of losing benefits if things don't pan out, reports Birmingham Live.

"We believe the Work Capability Assessment is not working and needs to be reformed or replaced, alongside a proper plan to support disabled people to work."

In contrast, the Conservative party had been explicit about their intentions for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reform, proposing to shift from cash benefits to a system of vouchers, treatments, and shopping schemes, a move that faced severe backlash in the lead-up to the election.

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