Channel 4's Dispatches reported on Monday evening about the controversial assessments being undertaken to decide eligibility for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which was introduced in 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
We have heard first hand from our clients who have suffered Spinal Cord Injuries of their anxieties about undergoing such assessments. Unlike DLA, there are two, not three, rates to cover care or daily living needs meaning the previous lower rate has been scrapped causing concerns that many people will lose their eligibility.
The row over cuts to welfare benefits has rocked the Government to its core. Iain Duncan Smith resigned, attacking his own department's plans to cut disability benefits as balancing the books on the back of the poor and vulnerable.