General Election 2017 Outcome: What does this mean for Personal Independence Payments?
This morning, Britain woke up to an undeniably confusing and uncertain election result. A hung Parliament and a flurry of assumptions over party alliances is expected to continue, with speculation the Conservative Party could succeed in forming a parliamentary majority with an alliance agreement from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland.
The Uncertain Future
In the midst of this uncertainty, one thing can be clear. The previous fog of the last six weeks felt during the election campaign, as mentioned in our previous post - has settled comfortably into a chaotic political landscape. This will affect many key issues to do with health, social care and welfare, and in particular will continue to raise a question mark over the value of personal independence payments (PIPs), the value of these and the eligibility of thousands of disabled applicants reliant on them to survive.
Regardless of what the parties had promised, which included a fairer review system to replace the current unethical work capability assessments along with other methods of support for those affected to manage their lifestyle - which were proposed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the responsibility is looking increasingly likely to rest again on the shoulders of the Conservatives.
But, with Theresa May coming under scrutiny for prospective cuts and changes to the current point system, there could be further turbulence ahead for many campaigning against these measures if the Conservatives do form a government. The question is, will these cuts go ahead if she is indeed successful? And, to what extent would her ‘success’ be defined to ensure the right decisions are reached in Parliament?
One young disabled woman, who has preferred to remain anonymous, has posted in a blog expressing her frustration on the matter: “Welfare payments are what you claim to keep you housed, warm, clothed, fed, safe and alive. PIP is meant to compensate disabled people for the added financial cost of living in a world that doesn’t make room for them”.
“Soon, my claims will be reviewed on how my health condition or disability affects my daily life so that a decision-maker at the Department for Work and Pensions can say whether or not I’m still entitled to Personal Independence Payments. Exactly what kind of ‘independence’ did they have in mind?” She adds.
This goes to show, the response to the handling of such crucial matters in an almost callous manner has provoked anger in many of those directly affected.
Standing up for your Personal Independence Payments
As Spinal Injury Cord solicitors - Aspire Law are concerned that this failure to establish a clear political landscape will unfairly cause strain and worry to many patients suffering with such a life changing injury, during a time when it is absolutely crucial to concentrate efforts on rehabilitation.The crux here is the disabled do not choose to be, yet are forced to attend assessment after assessment, living life unsure of their income and ability to live a normal, dignified lifestyle - whilst their payments are debated in parliament and so much used as bargaining chips in a game of policies between different parties.
Moving forward - Aspire Law can be clear, that we will continue to fight on behalf of our clients and provide a result that can put them at ease, allowing efforts to be concentrated on receiving the best care and rehabilitation for those affected by spinal cord injury.
Aspire Law - The Spinal Cord Injury Solicitors
As a joint venture between Moore Blatch solicitors and the charity Aspire - Aspire Law utilises a unique combination of skill, knowledge and empathy to help those affected by spinal cord injury. Our concern is to ensure independence is achieved through a combination of rehabilitation and peace of mind.
Of course, we understand that a spinal cord injury compensation claim won't turn the clock back, but we do believe a fair financial settlement can help to enable you and your family manage the often substantial costs associated with adjusting to life with a disability such as spinal cord injury.
As part of your claim, we ensure that all appropriate benefits are received and protected, in addition to your compensation payments. We have specialist public law solicitors that can advise on all aspects of benefits to include any challenges/appeals over a PIP decision. Our partners at Aspire also offer advice and advocacy regarding PIP applications and appeals.