Minister bans charities from PIP meetings

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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Comments
  • DAVID A SHAW June 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    So what have they got to hide exactly, maybe that pip will be disadvantageous to those with Mental health problems or Autistic issues, hence the exclusion of those members from the meeting. Truth though its probably that childish incompetent Grayling throwing his toys out of the pram as his petty little government is being challenged legally over their fascist attacks on the disabled and vulnerable.

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