DWP silent on which conditions will no longer qualify for PIP in disability benefits crackdown

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride
Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride -Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has remained tight-lipped about which specific conditions will be excluded from eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) amid a clampdown on disability benefits. DWP Secretary Mel Stride emphasised that the changes are intended to create a "fair and compassionate" system offering "bespoke" support.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Alison McGovern criticised the mixed messages coming from the Secretary of State, stating: "In recent weeks, the Secretary of State has decided to speak out of both sides of his mouth. 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'."

She continued: "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."

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She added: "He says some health conditions can be taken out of Pip assessments, which conditions are we talking about?". North Wales Live has launched a WhatsApp community group where you can get the latest stories delivered straight to your phone

Stride responded that McGovern's concerns would be considered during the consultation process. He had previously indicated to The Times that individuals with "milder health conditions" might no longer receive financial aid and suggested in the Commons that the current approach should be reviewed to ensure the best outcomes, reports Birmingham Live.

"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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