Can you help? Billie, a claimant with severe mental health issues, has launched a legal challenge against the recent changes to PIP. The new regulations have made it much harder for people with mental health conditions to get an award of the mobility component.
In January of this year the DWP lost a case before a panel of upper tribunal judges.
The decision supported advice we had been giving for years: that claimants with conditions such as severe anxiety can qualify for the enhanced rate of the mobility component, just on the basis of problems with ‘Planning and following a journey’.
Rather than accept defeat, the government rushed through new regulations which came into force in March.
The effect is that people who are too anxious to ever undertake journeys, unless they have someone with them, will only be awarded 4…
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