Commenting on the response, Laura Courtney, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent said:
“Any move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ process and establishing a more tailored approach for claimants is very welcome, but it’s not clear whether progress has been made in addressing the needs of young people between 16 and 25.
“There are specific challenges faced by teenagers and young adults who claim PIP; they will be accessing the benefit themselves for the first time and they are likely to be experiencing changes such as leaving home, moving into further or higher education and beginning work.
“These challenges are even greater for young people coping with the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“Research conducted by CLIC Sargent has shown that young cancer patients find the process of applying for PIP difficult and daunting.
“We urge the DWP to confirm that this tailored approach will address the concerns of young cancer patients. We also feel that this would be a useful focus on the next Independent Review.”