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Planned PIP Cuts Will Also Affect Passported Benefits

March 17, 2016

The Mirror reports on how the PIP cuts planned in the Budget will affect Carers Allowance and ESA as well:

George Osborne’s own experts have exposed the vast scale of his cruel new benefit cut funding a tax break for the rich.

It confirms the Budget will slash an eye-watering £4,100 a year from 290,000 disabled people as they are disqualified from Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

The £80-a-week hit is more than what PIP pays because victims will see their other benefits fall like dominoes.

PIP claimants are automatically ‘passported’ to systems like the Carer’s Allowance – but this will end if they are disqualified, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned.

The OBR, which is the expert body the Chancellor set up, said: “The Government has chosen to reduce the points awarded for some ‘aids and appliances’ descriptors in PIP, which we expect to save £1.3billion [per year] by 2020-21.

“This includes knock-on reductions in spending on passported benefits, including carer’s allowance and employment and support allowance.”

The OBR’s figures appear to support warnings by the MS Society that the worst-hit PIP claimants could lose £150 a week once passported benefits are included.

Chief Executive Michelle Mitchell said: “Changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will increase anxiety and fear in thousands of people with MS. This is a vital benefit and access to it needs improving – not restricting further.

“These changes will fail to support those that are most in need. We’re deeply concerned and urge the Government not to proceed.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2016 6:59 pm

    with passported benefits,then yes carers allowance would also stop if you didn’t make the target score
    i’m not sure as to why ESA would be cut as thou ?

    i myself stand to lose over £300 per month pip if my forms aren’t filled out spot on that i do believe to be true

    these forms have to filled in by experts even my lawyer with a masters degree cant even manage it so everyone needs to be mindful of that and get the best possible advice

  2. philipburdekin permalink
    March 17, 2016 10:12 pm

    I suffer a multitude of illnesses, Vascular Dementia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, OustioArthritis, Fibromyalgia, RAYNAUDS feet and hands, and I had to be diagnosed with Dementia to get into the Support group but now with PIP OVER MY HEAD, I’m really depressed and yes suicide goes through my mind on a regular basis but I’m fighting that along with my illnesses, who have we got to protect us from those who have so much hatred towards us sick and disabled, we need protecting from those who are meant to look after us.

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