Private Independence Funds: ‘Have I lower than six months to dwell?’

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The government was accused by two charities of having created a “two-tier welfare system” for people with incurable diseases.

Two years ago, a revision of the rules accelerating access to benefits for those with six months or less to live was launched in England and Wales, but has not been made public. Scotland and Northern Ireland have taken steps to lift the rule.

Marie Curie and the MND Association say the difference between their regions results in a “two tier system”.

A spokesman for the Department of Labor and Pensions told BBC News: “We are committed to helping people who are nearing the end of their lives. Our priority is to deal quickly and compassionately with people’s demands, which we have continued to do throughout the pandemic. “

But the BBC has heard from the terminally ill whose payments were cut when their Disability Allowance was moved to Personal Independence Payments.