MS Society campaigners outside parliament

Government reversal on PIP

The new Minister for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has told the House of Commons that the Government will not be proceeding with the planned changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) outlined in last week’s budget.

In doing so, he confirmed that the Government has no plans to seek further savings beyond those legislated for in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill two weeks ago.

New conversation about welfare and health

Mr Crabb also promised to engage in a ‘new conversation’ with people with disabilities and disability organisations on welfare and health and how these systems can work better together.

Huge relief

Our CEO Michelle Mitchell said:

“This will be a huge relief for thousands of people who rely on PIP for vital support to live independently and with dignity.

“We hope this marks a watershed moment in Government welfare policy. We embrace Stephen Crabb’s invitation for a new conversation: this is an opportunity to fundamentally rethink disability benefit assessments and design a system that makes sense.

Support for disabled people must be protected

“We urge the minister to stick to his commitment that the Government will not give with one hand and take with another. Support for disabled people must be protected from further savings.”

You helped do this!

Together, we played a leading role in securing this concession. Working alongside other charities, we helped build significant pressure to reverse the proposed changes.

Thank you.