PIP Summer of Action 2018: What’s it all about?
Starting in May 2018 and continuing over the summer months, members of the Disability Benefits Consortium will be supporting Disabled people, family carers, and anyone with an experience of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to meet their local MPs to talk to them about PIP.
Message from the Disability Benefits Consortium
What is the PIP Summer of Action?
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) will be supporting disabled people, family carers, and anyone with an experience of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to meet their local MPs to talk to them about PIP. We want MPs to be aware of the problems with PIP and to know what we want to change.
Why is the DBC doing this?
To refocus MPs, and to keep PIP in their minds. There has been much debate about Universal Credit recently – and this will continue – but we can’t let PIP slip off the political agenda.
When will it start?
This activity will start in May 2018 (after the local elections), and continue throughout summer into September. So campaigners can get involved when it suits them best.
Who is it for?
Everyone who cares about PIP! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never met your MP before or if you’re at your MP’s surgery every week – if you want MPs to be aware of the problems with PIP and to be taking action, this is for you!
How can I get involved?
There is a campaign guide which will help you arrange a meeting with your MP and give you ideas on what to say when you meet. The guide is available here: https://disabilitybenefitsconsortium.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/pip-summer-of-action-get-involved/. There will also be a video to tell you more about this kind of campaigning, so watch this space! If you can’t meet your MP locally, you can support by sharing what other people are doing on social media – using the hashtag #GetAGripOnPIP.