The Tories have just admitted that the assessments for PIP are meaningless and nothing more than a charade.
MP George Freeman the head of the Number 10 Policy Board has just admitted this today on Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar Politics show and here is what he said:
The disability lobbies are fuming over these comments and rightly as Freeman is saying that mental health is not a real disability and the only ‘real’ disability is a physical or sensory one. This is outrageous yet this focus misses a much much bigger point.
If PIP can only go “… to the most disabled” and as the government want to make sure they “… get the money to the really disabled” then it means that the total amount of PIP paid out must be cash limited!
It means the government will NOT pay out more than a total sum and therefore means that the whole purpose of the claimed “assessments” for PIP are meaningless.
The reality of the Tory position is we have £x of money we are prepared to spend and we will not spent a penny more regardless of your disability.
The assessments are nothing more than pretence and a charade and a political device to infer that many disabled persons are faking it and/or have never been assessed previously.
Even if these assessments were fair and devoid of the huge controversy they rightfully received and evidenced more disability need that qualifies for PIP then that PIP would never be paid due to this cash limited aspect.
The fact the assessments are a sham is proven in the fact that over 60% of ‘failed’ assessments are overturned on appeal nationally – and some groups I know well such as F.A.C.E. and others have success rates of 98%+ for PIP and ESA appeals.
Here we see a Member of Parliament with no legal training or experience and a degree in geography saying he knows more about the law than high court judges as to what is and is not a mobility related disability – legal decisions that this non-legally trained chancer calls frankly bizarre!
Though it is kind of him to admit the real issue that regardless of the severity of your disability this Tory government will not pay you any benefit in order to pay for the huge added costs your face because of it.
When disabled persons do not get social security payments to enable their independence their quality of life suffers dramatically AND they give much higher public purse costs in terms of residential care and adult social care which lead to higher council taxes for all.
These additional costs are not borne by central government but transferred to local government budgets and the local taxpayer which is precisely the purpose of the Tories in cutting these PIP and other ‘welfare’ payments in the first place.
In summary I suspect there will be emotive outrage over the disgraceful attitude this Tory government is taking towards mental health and more widely to those with a disability. Yet all that does is play into the Tories hands and negates the real underlying issues of the sham assessment process and the transfer of much higher cost to local government who can then be blamed when and not if even further rationing takes place to all adult social care.