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On MND Awareness day Chris Evans MP calls for changes to benefits for people with MND.

Islwyn MP Chris Evans is calling on the Government to make changes to the way benefits are assessed for people with Motor Neuron Disease.

At the moment only 50% of those people diagnosed with motor neurone disease can claim under the PIP special rules because of the six-month life expectancy rule; the others must go through the usual procedures despite it being clear they have been diagnosed with a life changing, life threatening disease

According to MNDA ‘Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do.

MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age, but is more likely to affect people over 50.

MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.’

Chris Evans MP says ‘It is simply not good enough, it is within Ministers powers to change this with the stroke of a pen, for them to fail to do so shows a complete lack of understanding of those who suffer with MND and the impact this has on their lives and their families’