New Government regulations will impact over 160,000 disabled people in the UK. Planned changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), will see the Government ignore two High Court Tribunal hearings that stated that the scope of PIP should be widened to include 160,000 people who suffer from mental and psychical conditions.
PIP claims are based on the number of ‘points’ a claimant is awarded in the ‘Daily Living’ and ‘Mobility’ components. Each component is split into ‘Standard’ and ‘Enhanced’ rates and a claimant’s award is based on the number of points they receive.
The tribunal hearings stated that more points should be given for psychological sufferers in the Mobility Group and more points in the Daily Living Group for those who have to take medication and monitor their condition. The increased allocation for some claimants would bump them up from the Standard to the Enhanced rate and see their weekly entitlement amount increase.
The proposed changes are expected to cost the Treasury £3.7 billion by 2020 but the Government has ruled out the change. This is despite the Government failing to consult its own Social Security Advisory Committee.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
“This Government’s stance on PIP is symptomatic of the utter contempt in which the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people of the UK are held.
“The findings of two High Court tribunals have effectively been tossed in the trash and in a further insult to democracy, MPs will get no meaningful vote on the proposals put forward.
“There are 2,336 claimants of PIP in Edmonton and in the Government’s eyes, the struggles brought about to their daily lives by their health conditions are not worth legislating for.
“The DWP has admitted themselves that those set to miss out will be those who have learning difficulties and those who suffer from anxiety and dementia. This directly contradicts the Government’s own stated aim of ensuring parity of esteem for mental and psychological health”.