Mind e|action – Please contact your MP on Welfare Reform

Over the next week, in a few pilot areas in the North West and North East of England, people with disabilities and illnesses (including mental health problems) will be able to start making claims for a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (or PIP).

Over the course of the year, the new benefit will be rolled-out and, eventually, it will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA). DLA currently helps around half a million people with mental health problems, and should help many more – so it’s vital that PIP works for mental health.


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There have been too many bad experiences of the Work Capability Assessment and, although the Government is very much to blame for this, we know that the way in which Atos has delivered these assessments has not helped. The assessments for PIP will be delivered by Atos in some areas, but in other areas a company called Capita will deliver the assessments.

 A new report by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), a group of over 60 charities including Mind, highlights these differences and makes recommendations for improving the assessment.

You can  to contact your MP now and tell them about this report, so that they can put pressure on the Government, Atos and Capita to get these assessments right. In just a few steps, you can easily contact your MP, tell them which company will be delivering the assessment in your area, and highlight our key concerns.

Thank you for taking action to make the benefits system fairer for people with mental health problems.



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