A coalition minister ordered civil servants to prevent two disability charities from attending meetings on how to improve personal independence payment (PIP), the government’s new disability benefit.
Officials ensured that representatives from the National Autistic Society (NAS) and Mind did not attend at least one meeting of the PIP implementation development group, before the minister backed down and allowed them to rejoin the committee.
Disability News Service (DNS) understands that the NAS representative was not informed about the ban until arriving for the meeting at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices in Whitehall, and had to be turned away at the door by a civil servant.
The Mind representative was deliberately not invited to the same meeting.
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