Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has pledged to campaign for fairer benefits assessments for people with epilepsy by signing an epilepsy PIP pledge.
The ‘Epilepsy PIP Pledge’, created by national charity Epilepsy Action, calls on MPs to recognise that the current assessment process for Personal Independent Payments (PIP) is failing people with epilepsy.
Many people with epilepsy need Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to help them carry out daily tasks safely, from getting to work to bathing and cooking at home. But figures show that epilepsy has the highest refusal rate for people claiming PIP – 20% above the national average for other health conditions. This means people with epilepsy are more likely to be denied the financial support they need to help with the extra costs of living with a hidden and unpredictable disability.
By signing the Epilepsy PIP Pledge, Faisal is standing with people with epilepsy in Warrington South to highlight the fact that changes to the system are needed.
“I was deeply concerned to hear from several of my constituents that so many people with epilepsy are being denied the financial support they need to help them live full and independent lives. The current assessment process for PIP is failing to recognise the needs of people with this fluctuating and complex medical condition.
“Figures show almost two thirds of people with epilepsy who previously received Disability Living Allowance (DLA) were awarded less money or none at all following a reassessment for PIP. The charity Epilepsy Action says that the assessment process does not accurately capture the specific needs of people with epilepsy.
“Clearly the current assessment process for PIP is failing to recognise the needs of people with this fluctuating and complex medical condition, which is why I have pledged my support for the campaign and will be calling for action to ensure that PIP assessments are made fairer for people with epilepsy.”