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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS CRITICISES COALITION FOR BACKLOG IN PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT CLAIMS
WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2014

 

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has called on the Coalition Government to urgently deal with a huge backlog of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments affecting 290 people in Sutton and Cheam.
According to the latest DWP figures and independent House of Commons analysis, Personal Independence Payments introduced last year to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is beset by delays and rising costs. A total of 529,000 people have applied for PIP, but only 206,000 received a decision about whether they qualified for help – leaving 323,000 people in limbo across the country. Ms Brothers said:
“It’s absolutely disgraceful that 290 people in Sutton and Cheam are still waiting for a Personal Independence Payment assessment. Paul Burstow must step in to urge his Government to sort out this backlog which is leaving disabled people waiting months and months for an assessment. This is yet another example of Coalition Welfare Waste which is leaving hundreds of thousands of people in limbo.”
Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves MP said:
“The delays caused by the huge backlog Personal Independence Payment assessments have caused are hardship and concern across the country. David Cameron must urgently get a grip of Tory Welfare Waste which is leaving hundreds of thousands of disabled people in limbo without essential support.”
Constituency PIP figures are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-july-2014


 

 

 

 

 

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