Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston has promised to fight for fairer benefits assessments for people with epilepsy by signing the Epilepsy PIP Pledge, set up by national charity Epilepsy Action, which calls on MPs to recognise that the current assessment process for Personal Independent Payments (PIP) is failing people with epilepsy.
Many people with epilepsy need PIP to help them carry out daily tasks safely but figures show that epilepsy has the highest refusal rate for people claiming PIP – 20% above the national average for other health conditions. This means people with epilepsy are more likely to be denied the financial support they need to help with the extra costs of living with a hidden and unpredictable disability.
“It is shocking to hear that so many people with epilepsy are being denied the financial support that they need to help them live full and independent lives. It is clear that the current assessment process for PIP is failing to recognise the needs of people with this fluctuating and complex medical condition.
“I pledge to do all I can to make PIP assessments fairer for people with epilepsy.
“You can find out more about Epilepsy Action’s epilepsy PIP Pledge by visiting www.epilepsy.org.uk/pipcampaign”