Epilepsy can affect individuals in many ways and there are over 40 different types of seizures. People with epilepsy experience the condition in a way which is very unique to them and the support they need will vary greatly. This means that many people with epilepsy will not need to apply for benefits such as Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment.
However, Epilepsy Action strongly believes benefits should be available to people with epilepsy that need them and that people should not be disadvantaged because of their condition. As the impact epilepsy has on people’s lives is so varied we believe it’s vital that benefits should be assessed case-by-case, based on an individual’s needs.
We will be making a submission to the consultation, Personal Independence Payment: assessment thresholds and consultation, to ensure that those who need it get financial assistance. We will ask DWP to take into account the varying needs of people with epilepsy when producing their new guidance.