Cuts to PIP ‘extremely damaging’ says College of Occupational Therapists

The College of Occupational Therapists has expressed concern following the Government’s announcement to cut Personal Independence Payments (PIP).  Under new proposals the number of points awarded for aids and appliances in two of the 10 daily living activities – dressing and managing toilet needs – would be halved from 2 to 1 from January 2017.

The plans would affect around 640,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales by 2021, with 370,000 losing an average of £3,500 a year. The Government has argued there would still be an increase in the number of people claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP), with support going to those in greatest need.

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