17 June 2015
Responding to the publication of the Personal Independence Payment official statistics by the Department of Work and Pensions, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“For the past year, Macmillan has been calling on the government to cut delays and reduce waiting times for Personal Independence Payment to 11 weeks. We are delighted that today the statistics show that average waiting times for the vital benefit have now been reduced to this level.
“Currently, thousands of people affected by cancer are reliant on welfare support once the financial impact of their disease takes hold. The government has an important role to play in providing financial support for people with cancer at a time when they need it most.
“The government must now show a real commitment to keeping the waiting times this low and, clarify how it will ensure any changes to the welfare system do not negatively impact people with cancer.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. DWP Personal Independence Payment statistics: April 2013 to April 2015
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-april-2015 (June 2015). Average clearance time of 11 weeks is the time it takes for the DWP decision maker to determine whether the claimant should or should not be awarded PIP.
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