Tips and advice on Personal Independence Payments in the North East

I joined our National Education Adviser, Lyn Inman, for our North East Muscle Group meeting in Durham yesterday afternoon.

With major health care and welfare reforms in progress, there was plenty to discuss with our supporters in the region.

After reflecting on the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s recent meeting with the Health Minister alongside Dave Anderson MP and Baroness Thomas of Winchester and the launch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s State of the Nation patient survey, Lyn updated the group on specialist neuromuscular services in the region and across the country.

The main theme of this round of Muscle Group meetings is the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Concerns were raised at the meeting about the acceptance of specialist neuromuscular expertise for the assessment and re-assessment process. Offering guidance about the points-based assessment for PIP, we highlighted the support which care advisors will be able to provide and that the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, through the advocacy service, will be available to support people with muscle-wasting conditions as PIP is phased in from April 2013 for new claimants. We emphasised that existing DLA claimants will start to be migrated over to PIP in 2015.

More information on Personal Independence Payments is available on the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s website and a factsheet will be published shortly.

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