The Tories’ punitive welfare regime is specifically designed to reduce support to those who need it most. One way in which this is done is by changing the qualifying criteria for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) so that people with particular conditions or ailments no longer qualify. One such condition is epilepsy.
54% of people with epilepsy who previously received DLA were denied PIP, whilst 65% of new claims were denied. Of the third who appealed their decision 78% were granted the benefit. This rejection rate is double the national average and is the second highest out of all health conditions.