Personal Independence Payment: Staffordshire

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment applications from terminally ill people in north Staffordshire (a) are currently being processed, (b) have been processed and (c) are outstanding; and what the time scale is for processing such applications under special rules procedures.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Ian Lucas on 9 January 2014, Hansard, column 284W.

Although personal independence payment (PIP) is a new benefit, and the Department does not have a target for completion of claims while processes are bedding in, we do deal urgently with special rules claims for terminally ill claimants. We continue to work with Macmillan Cancer Support to improve our service for terminally ill claimants as I said at the Work and Pensions Select Committee recently.

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