PIP roadshow hits Southampton

Last Friday Ruth, Emma and I journeyed to the Southampton seaside for another installment of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Personal Independence Payments (PIP) road show.

We were joined by around 20 supporters all eager to hear about the introduction of PIP- the new disability benefits replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Many attendees shared their concerns regarding the changes and what they will mean for individuals with muscle wasting conditions.

The workshop proved highly successful with supporters having the opportunity to hear about the ins and outs of the new system and ask any burning questions they had. Many of the questions focused on the strict rules regarding the mobility component.

This rule has seen the walking distance reduced from 200 metres (under DLA regulations) to 20 metres. Individuals will need to show that they cannot walk 20 metres in order to score enough points to be eligible for the enhanced rate of the mobility component. Without this many will lose access to the Motability scheme. 

It was great to be able to share with our supporters tips about how they can fill out their PIP forms to ensure that they get what they are entitled to. There was a sense of relief for many who felt more prepared and knowledgeable on how to navigate the PIP mine-field. Val Wintle, a regular member of the Southampton muscle group, said:

“Although I’m still concerned about the changes, I came away from the workshop feeling much less stressed about PIP. I really enjoyed the workshop and found it very helpful.”

PIP wasn’t the only topic of the workshop with supporters being given the chance to hear about Spectrum, the Centre for Independent Living in Hampshire, and Sunitha Narayan, the regional Care Advisor based at Southampton General Hospital.

If you would like to hear more about the Southampton Muscle Group, or would like to find out about Personal Independence Payments (PIP), please contact me on 020 7803 4808 or by email at d.moore-crouch@muscular-dystrophy.org






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