What does welfare system reform mean for Parkinson's?

This week, the Government made major proposals to reform the current welfare system.

The announcement, made by Employment Minister Chris Grayling, also established an independent review of the benefits assessments system, due to be completed by the end of 2010.

With reports in the media suggesting that this signals the start of a wider crackdown to reduce incapacity claimants, we're concerned about what this all means for people living with Parkinson's and other long-term conditions.

Although nothing will be decided until after the independent review reports back, it would seem that the Government is trying to 'float' the idea that cuts to the welfare budget and tougher assessment criteria could soon be in place.

What suggestions would you make to the Government's independent review, to make sure that people with Parkinson's are protected from future changes to the welfare system?

Have you recently been assessed for disability-related benefits or had any changes made to the level of support you receive?

If you want to find out more about the benefits available for people with Parkinson's and their carers we have a range of free publications.

Share your thoughts here or email campaigns@parkinsons.org.uk

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a continuation of the policy of the previous government "A crackdown to stop the scroungers" The new Coalition government seem to believe the same, yet the welfare agencies have more money that has not been paid than that supposedly "scrounged". Neither government seem that keen on stopping the wealthy "avoid" paying taxes.

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