During Business Questions on Thursday, 5th July, the MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, asked the Leader of the House for a debate on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a benefit that mainly helps those with sigh conditions or blindness.
Sir David said:
“Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the inequalities of the provision of personal independence payments for blind people? There seems to be a disparity in the age at which the payments can be made.”
Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, replied:
“My hon. Friend is mentioning an important and serious question, and mentions disparities about the age at which payments can be made to blind people. I assure him that new claims for PIP are available for claimants aged between 16 and 64, regardless of their health condition or disability. Where a claimant is in receipt of PIP, they can continue to receive it after the age of 65, providing that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.”