1 July 2014
Yesterday [Monday] the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) publically announced it would reduce Personal Independent Payment (PIP) waiting times to 16 weeks by the end of 2014.
Jennifer Mitchell, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We are delighted that the DWP have listened to our concerns over PIP delays and have committed to reducing waiting times.
“Our recent research showed that cancer patients were waiting a staggering six months or more just to find out whether they were even eligible for PIP. So this announcement is a real step forward in preventing patients from falling into further financial hardship.
“However, under the old system, people waited just 11 weeks and we would like the DWP to commit to this ambition and to publish PIP waiting times quarterly. The DWP have already protected terminally cancer patients by ensuring they receive their benefits in seven days – now they need to improve the situation for everyone with the disease.”
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Ross, PR Manager
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