After pressure from charities, The British Polio Fellowship welcomes news the government has changed the rules, so ten years between PIP assessments will apply to more people with disabilities, together with a promise that reassessment will be a ‘light touch’ review.
PIP applications are stressful enough, without having them every two years. If you live with Post Polio Syndrome, a neurological condition affecting 120,000 nationally, with no cure, it will not improve in two years. Is it effective use of taxpayer’s money to fund regular re-assessments to see if Polio paralysed limbs have miraculously regained movement? This change will only apply to those on the highest levels of PIP, anyway, which leaves many of our members no better off. With assessors reportedly ignorant of even very well-known conditions like Parkinson’s, imagine how much harder it is for those with PPS to get a fair hearing.
Fundamental change is required to a system not serving those who rely on it, or taxpayers who fund it. Government should work with disabled groups and charities and not against us; with a bit of common sense, perhaps we can all see a brighter tomorrow. The British Polio Fellowship continues to help those with PPS live independent lives for longer. If you need our support or advice, call us now on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship