‘Where is the voice for the disabled?’
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