HUNTER HAILS LIB DEM IMPROVEMENTS TO NEW DISABILITY ASSESSMENT

February 1, 2013 11:23 AM

Mark Hunter MPCheadle MP and President of Stockport Parkinson's Society Mark Hunter has welcomed Lib Dem improvements to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people after he had raised his concerns in a meeting with the Disabilities Minister.

The Coalition Government announced today that improvements will be made to the way disabled people will be assessed for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) after work in Parliament by the Liberal Democrats.

The move follows concerns that some people, who can only walk short distances, would have failed to qualify for the higher rate PIP which is due to be introduced in April. The Coalition Government has now amended the definition to include people who can only walk short distances, infrequently and in great pain.

After being contacted by numerous local residents and speaking with members of Stockport Parkinson's Society about their concerns over the Government's new disability assessment, Mr Hunter corresponded with the Minister for Disabled People and raised concerns with her in a meeting of the Parliamentary Disabilities Group.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Todays announcement effectively means that people with disabilities who were anxious about losing their Motability vehicles in the future can now rest easy.

"The changes, fought for by Liberal Democrats in Parliament, will bring clarity and peace of mind to thousands of disabled people and deliver the right support for people who need it most.

"This adds to other improvements on PIP, including our call to ensure the Motability component remains for those living in residential care, which was accepted by the Government.

"Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are delivering a fairer society to ensure those with disabilities are protected and receive the support they need."

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