‘Where is the voice for the dis­abled?’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Ashford Chronic Pain group leader Jenny Board­manHolmes or­gan­ised the meet­ing fol­low­ing a chance en­counter with the MP in the town cen­tre.

She said af­ter the meet­ing: “We are a voice for pain.

“We are a com­mu­nity of peo­ple that rep­re­sent Ashford Chronic Pain group and to­day was to chal­lenge the gov­ern­ment pol­icy on the PIP as­sess­ment and how un­fair it’s been in the first stages where med­i­cal ev­i­dence and doc­tors re­ports are not con­sid­ered in the out­come of the as­sess­ment.

“It’s not be­ing looked at at all un­til tri­bunal, we feel that’s un­fair.

“We’ve had Health­watch here, Dis­abil­ity In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Kent (DISK) who have been with us for five years and sup­ported many mem­bers through this PIP as­sess­ment process and taken them on to the tri­bunal too.

“With cuts com­ing, that re­ally will af­fect us. Where is the voice for the dis­abled go­ing to come from?

“It was a good meet­ing. It was highly at­tended and ques­tions were an­swered.

“I just hope that it changes gov­ern­ment pol­icy and that they look at it and think ‘this is how it re­ally af­fects peo­ple’.

“I hope they re­ally un­der­stand where we com­ing from.”

Jenny Board­man-Holmes, leader of Ashford Chronic Pain group

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