Amend the PIP criteria to cover more diverse problems (instead of just physical pain)
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This is a petition to urge the government to look into the criteria for personal independence payments (PIP). All of the questions are aimed at someone with physical pain like a bad back etc. None of the questions address things like mental illness or even other physical conditions such as cancer! Very narrow criteria means that more people (who are unable to work) are losing their only source of income.
According to the Guardian website:
"Figures obtained by Angela Eagle, the former work and pensions minister, showed that 83,000 people assessed for their eligibility had been given zero scores for both components in the six months between April and October 2017."
One person has been denied PIP despite having to undergo therapy for cancer and has a stoma. He is unable to lift things more than 5kg and has worked his entire life until he was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer. This has had an adverse effect on his life and the life of his family.
Another individual has been under psychiatrists for decades and has severe OCD, depression and once again has worked all his life until this became a problem.
I call for the government to take a look at the criteria and realise that not everyone ill or disabled has trouble walking, using their arms or other physical symptoms.
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