Headway will once again be representing the voices of those living with brain injury by submitting a response to the Work and Pensions Committee, and is asking people to contribute by sharing their thoughts and experiences with the charity.
“We are pleased that the Work and Pensions Committee is looking into this issue as part of its scrutiny of the Department for Work and Pensions,” said Luke Griggs, Director of Communications at Headway.
“For the past few years, we have called repeatedly for improvements to be made to both PIP and ESA assessments.
“Given the volume of calls to our helpline, or pleas for support from Headway groups and branches across the UK, it is clear many people will have a very simple – and categorical – answer to the question of whether or not the assessments are working.
“It is vital that we take every opportunity to speak up for people who are being unfairly treated as a result of the complexities and often hidden and fluctuating nature of acquired brain injury.”
How you can help
We are asking people living with the long-term effects of brain injury to share their views on the process of applying for ESA and/or PIP by completing our survey. We are seeking the views of people who are currently receiving the benefits or who have applied recently in order to compare the results with our previous survey into this issue.
If you receive or have applied for one or both of these benefits in the past two years, we would like to hear from you. This includes those who have applied and are currently waiting for a decision, and those who are in the process of appealing a decision.
The survey can be completed by claimants, or family members/carers on the claimant’s behalf. All answers are strictly confidential, unless you give consent to us using your experiences in our campaign.
By sharing your views and experiences, you will be helping Headway to campaign for improvements to be made to the way in which people with brain injury are treated in welfare benefits assessments.
You can download a printable version of the survey below, or email Tamsin on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, click the button to complete the survey online:Back