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Huge Personal Independence Payment assessments backlog leaves over 500 people in Barnsley in limbo

PIP_-_Dec_2014.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on for action to urgently deal with a huge backlog for Personal Independence Payment assessments affecting 560 people in Barnsley East.

According to the latest DWP figures and independent House of Commons analysis, Personal Independence Payments introduced last year to replace Disability Living Allowance is beset by delays and rising costs.

529,000 people applied for PIP, but only 206,000 received a decision about whether they qualified for help – leaving 323,000 people in limbo across the country.

Commenting, Michael said, “It’s absolutely disgraceful that more than 500 people in Barnsley East are still waiting for a Personal Independence Payment assessment. These delays being experienced by disabled people in Barnsley and across the country are causing great anxiety and stress.

"I have raised this issue with the Secretary of State before, David Cameron must step in and sort out this backlog which is leaving disabled people waiting months and months for an assessment.”

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