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EPILEPSY AND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2124: tabled on 27 February 2019

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses serious concern at the high number of people with epilepsy being denied Personal Independence Payment (PIP); is alarmed that since the introduction of this benefit the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied PIP to over 41 per cent of people living with epilepsy who previously received Disability Living Allowance (DLA); expresses concern that this is over double the national average for all health conditions and is the second highest reassessment rejection rate out of all health conditions; is further alarmed that previous figures show that of the 33 per cent that appealed a PIP decision, 77 per cent won on appeal and received the benefit; believes this demonstrates that epilepsy is currently not assessed correctly by the DWP; notes that this must change to ensure that the benefits system is fair for all; understands that epilepsy is a condition that affects 55,000 people in Scotland which causes debilitating seizures and can also seriously affect a person’s mental health, energy levels and cognitive function; further notes with concern that despite legislation in place, the wider impacts of epilepsy and associated risks are often ignored in the current assessment process; recognises that Epilepsy Scotland is working with the Scottish Government to rectify this issue under the new devolved system and create awareness that Epilepsy is more than Seizures; and calls on the UK Government to take similar action and make the system fairer for people with epilepsy.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Sobel, Alex
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2019
Leeds North West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2019
Worthing West
Hopkins, Kelvin
Independent
Signed on 4 March 2019
Luton North
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 March 2019
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hendrick, Sir Mark
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2019
Preston
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2019
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2019
Coventry South
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 March 2019
Glasgow South West
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2019
Hartlepool
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 March 2019
South Antrim
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2019
St Helens South and Whiston
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2019
North Tyneside
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2019
High Peak
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 March 2019
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Hayes, Helen
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2019
Dulwich and West Norwood
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 11 March 2019
Ceredigion
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 March 2019
Edinburgh West
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 March 2019
Upper Bann
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 March 2019
Glasgow North West
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2019
Birmingham, Hall Green
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2019
Leicester East
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2019
Brighton, Kemptown
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2019
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 March 2019
Glasgow East
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 March 2019
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2019
Bolton North East
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 April 2019
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 May 2019
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 September 2019
Dunfermline and West Fife

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.