Government will not appeal High Court ruling over PIP

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a statement confirming that the Government will not appeal over the High Court’s judgement that the changes it made to Personal Indpendence Payments (PIP) last year were “blatantly discriminatory” against claimants with mental health conditions.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said: 

“It’s absolutely right that the Government has accepted the High Court’s ruling over the “discriminatory” changes made to PIP last year. This announcement is a victory for the many disabled people who have been unable to access support they are entitled to. 

“The regulations introduced last March made crude and unfair distinctions between those with physical impairments and mental health conditions.

“Thousands of disabled people rely on PIP to live independently and meet the often substantial extra costs they face related to their condition or impairment. 

“While those affected by these misguided changes will now receive the payments they are entitled to, the fundamentally flawed PIP assessment process still needs radically overhauling so it accurately identifies the extra costs disabled people face.”

Notes to the editor:

For more information please contact pressoffice@scope.org.uk or call 0207 619 7200.

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