PIP Refusing To Recognise Invisible Chronic Illnesses

There have been countless cases over the years of people struggling with ‘invisible’ chronic illnesses not being able to receive the correct and necessary benefits from the government. Sufferers are left with no income when their illness stops them from working but the government’s assessments say they are fit to work and refuse any financial help.

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What is an Invisible Chronic Illnes

A chronic invisible illness is an illness that affects people every single day but can often be overlooked by the eye as sufferers often do not look phsyically unwell. It is used as an umbrella term for illnesses that are usually neurological. Some of these illnesses are Fibromyalgia, CRPS/RSD (complex regional pain syndrome), chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, autism and mental illness. As the title, invisible chronic illness is an umbrella term it covers hundreds of illnesses that thousands of people struggle from in the UK.

PIP and Their Unfair Assessments

PIP (personal independence payment) is a benefit funded by the UK government that is supposed to help those who suffer from long term ill-health or disability. The issue people have experienced with the assessment of this benefit is the fact that the assessors are not medical professionals and that they often ignore letters from GP’s and specialists who deal with those affected by these illnesses and still choose to not grant them PIP.

PIP assessments are usually 30 minutes long and for someone with an invisible chronic illness this is not enough time for the assessors to understand the pain they experience every single day.

There have been many petitions brought forward from those who suffer from an invisible chronic illness who have been denied PIP along with other benefits which have gained tens of thousands of signatures but people who suffer from these illnesses have seen no change in the government’s policies and are still being refused assistance.