Who will this affect?
People who get PIP mobility component for overwhelming psychological distress if alone on journeys – people who have anxiety attacks, social phobias, extreme stress outside the home
This may include people with some mental health conditions, learning disabilities or other cognitive impairments, where overwhelmng distress is a factor
New and review PIP claimants who have been getting high rate mobility because they cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress, will now only be entitled to 10 points instead of 12 and will thus only qualify for standard rate mobility/getting around instead of high rate. People with mental health conditions or mental impairment conditions who were getting points because they could not plan a journey because of overwhelming psychological distress, or couldn’t go on an unfamiliar journey without someone for the same reason will no longer get points.
You will only get enough points to qualify for mobility element of PIP if:
Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant (10 points)