DWP not defending PIP Challenge
Last year, the DWP changed PIP rules for people with mental health problems, which meant that people who “cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” could no longer get high rate mobility – losing £1,872 a year in benefits.
In a recent post (found here>) we told you that a judge ruled that this was discriminatory, and not in the spirit of the law. The decision was stayed (on hold) depending on a case about the same kind of thing, brought by the DWP and to be heard in June this year.
Excellent news is that the DWP have decided not to appeal the decision, so now people with mental health problems are able to be considered for high rate mobility. According to the Government Minister Esther McVey, about 220,000 claims are affected.
People who only got 10 points – standard rate mobility – for being unable to “follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” will now be given 12 points and high rate mobility.
If this is you will be getting a letter from the DWP in the next few months telling you of the change, and backpaying the extra benefit to you.