Personal Independence Payment - Update January 2018


In December 2017 the High Court ruled that recent restrictions to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) discriminated against people with mental health problems.

All the people receiving the personal independence payment benefit (1.6million) will have their claims reviewed and some of them may have their payments increased if their initial assessments are found to be discriminatory.

New regulations introduced last year stated that if a claimant could not make a familiar journey by themselves then they would be eligible for a bigger payment, however if they could not make such a journey due to psychological distress then they would not be entitled to this payment. This has now been ruled as “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions

If psychological distress affects your ability to make familiar journeys, then there is a chance that you could be entitled to more support. The Government has stated that it will write to everyone who has been affected and that if you are now entitled to these extra payments then it will be backdated to when you had your original decision or to December 2016 (which is when a court first ruled that people should be entitled to more support).

Find out more

See the recent BCC article for further information.

Derbyshire Welfare Rights Service have updated their Personal Independence Payment Short Guide to reflect the amendments. You can find this factsheet along with other factsheets about benefits for carers and people with disabilities.

You can contact the Welfare Rights Team on tel: 01629 531535, between 11am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or email:

If you or the person you look after are affected by Universal Credit, Welfare Rights have put a tool kit of information and support together.

This information was last updated on 08/02/2018

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