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‘Improving dementia’ costs woman benefit – BBC News


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Personal Independent Payments, also known as PIP, are being scaled back or cut completely for those living with Parkinson’s, dementia, and other chronic degenerative diseases. A woman named Wendy Mitchell has completely lost her PIP disability payments only 18 months after being initially assessed and approved for them. She had been receiving almost £80 a month, but now after a new assessment has been completely cut off from the disability payments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Around that time, Wendy was assessed for a disability benefit known as a Personal Independence Payment (Pip), which is designed to help someone living with a wide range of disabilities.
  • The higher the mark, the more help the person is thought to need with a particular task.
  • A year on and Wendy has signs around the kitchen to guide her in making a cup of coffee. And rather than cooking for herself, her daughter now prepares her meals.

“Wendy is referring to the letters sent out after each assessment, which measure her ability to live independently across different criteria.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38049391