For those that did not qualify for Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

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For those that did not qualify for Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

As we have mentioned on the website (http://www.sibf.org.uk/sibf-representation-on-scottish-and-uk-benefits-panels/), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking at the situation of people who have a viral infection (hepatitis C, and/or HIV) as a result of receiving NHS treatment with contaminated blood.

As a result of SIBF representations, the DWP are specifically asking for case study examples of people who have made an application for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) who scored low or zero points, which meant they did not qualify for PIP. We are assured that this information will be looked at anonymously and impartially, but as a starting point they do need the National Insurance numbers of people who have had their PIP applications turned down under these circumstances.

This brief study is part of the activities of the DWP Working Group on Contaminated Blood set up as a result of pressure from campaigning organisations (including SIBF) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Westminster. SIBF has a member who is part of this Working Group.

If you are one of those people who had their PIP application turned down under these circumstances, and are willing to support this exercise, please contact me at the Forum.  This information is needed immediately for the review to begin at the start of the New Year prior to the next meeting of the Working Group.

We will continue to provide updates to all members on this activity as it develops. Your co-operation with this aspect of our campaign work is sincerely appreciated and will hopefully benefit you and others as a result.

A big thanks to those who have already got in touch.

John Rice
Convener

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