Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, joined people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to deliver a petition with over 21,000 signatures to Downing Street, demanding that the Prime Minister takes action in fixing the process for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease affecting the brain and spinal cords, damaging a person’s ability to speak and move, making life more challenging.
Personal Independence Payment provides helps with the extra costs of long-term health conditions including MS. Those living with MS and the MS Society UK have long had concerns with the system believing it has held back entitlements because of uninformed assessors, inaccurate reports and excessively complex forms.
Following the delivering of the petition, the Liberal Democrat MP said:
“Those living with MS do not need the additional burden of a failing system that was created to make their lives easy”
“The government must not delay and listen to those living with MS and ensure changes deal with the concerns of this community and the 21,000 who signed this petition”
“The Personal Independence System can help those with MS and their government live more independently and comfortably. The government must see to it the PIP system is fixed.”