Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
The Benefits System in the UK underwent a major change in recent years with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replacing the Disability Living Allowance.
Those who used to receive, or still receive the Disability Living Allowance will have their claim re-assessed against the new criteria for the PIP. The criteria for PIP is quite different from those used in the past and many people have found that they do not qualify for PIP.
Those who are told they do not meet the criteria for the new benefit are allowed to Appeal against the decision and yesterday, for the third time this year, the Chairman of the Society, Martyn Hooper MBE attended an Appeal Tribunal where he was able to assist the Tribunal Panel in understanding how Pernicious Anaemia affects the everyday lives of people.
The Tribunal Panel is made up of three professionals who are usually; A Judge, A Doctor (GP) and a Social Worker. Also in the court will be the Clerk to the Court and in some cases a representative of the Department of Work and Pensions. The Appeal lasts around one hour.
The Society can provide you with a Representative who can ask the person making the appeal questions as do the other members of the panel.
We are pleased to say that the appeal, like the two previous appeals we have appeared at, was successful.
For more information about the appeals process and the full story of this one, please see Martyn’s blog.
Please note that whilst we are happy to represent members of the society at these tribunals it may be that we will have to ask for some payment to cover travelling expenses in the future. Of course, we will always make exceptions to this if it is not possible to pay such expenses.