I have met with parents of children with disabilities at an advice session with local charity Dynamic.
The session was so I could hear parents’ concerns and offer advice about recent changes to the support the Government offers such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP.)
The changes being forced through are causing real problems for vulnerable families, especially those with children who have autism. These parents help look after children who need intense support and care and we should be helping them, not withdrawing the help we give.
Parents told me how, when they came to be assessed under the PIP system, assumptions were made about their children which were, quite simply, wrong. The assessors do not have the right skills and the conditions these children have -; some of which are life-long -; were dismissed or misunderstood.
That message comes through repeatedly in the cases I am dealing with in my office, and I have raised specific concerns with Ministers as a result. So far, those concerns are being dismissed by the Government -; but we will continue fighting to make them think again. I am very grateful to parents for providing me with information to use in persuading the Government to change the system.
My office is here to help with cases like this -; if you think we can help you, get in touch.