Peter Aldous calls on Government to look at using Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to pay a mortgage

9th May 2016

Peter Aldous calls on the Government to look at the use of PIP to pay a mortgage as a constituent, currently using her disability living allowance to pay her mortgage, has been advised that with PIP she will no longer be able to do this.

A constituent of mine has multiple sclerosis and, for the past nine years, acting on the advice of her council, she has used her disability living allowance to pay the mortgage on the family’s adapted bungalow. She has now been informed that, with PIP, she will no longer be able to do that, and she and her family risk losing their home. The change could have a devastating impact on many families up and down the country. Will the Minister look into the matter and ensure that this scenario does not happen?
 
I would be happy to look into the details, but local authorities do have access to the £870 million for discretionary housing payments. We have also regularly updated the guidance for local authorities to help such individuals.
 

 

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