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Epilepsy Society welcomes review of PIP

Epilepsy Society has welcomed the Government's decision to review  all 1.6 million people's claims for the disability benefit, PIP.

The decision follows  a High Court ruling that last year's changes to PIP (personal independence payments) discriminated against  people with mental health conditions.

It is expected that up to 220,000 people could receive higher payments backdated to November 2016.

Epilepsy Society's chief executive Clare Pelham said that the news would be welcomed by many people with epilepsy. "We welcome the Government's commitment to do the right thing. PIP is a benefit which sets out to support people with a long-term health condition or disability and it is important that this applies equally to people with both physical and mental health conditions."

Changes to PIP last year meant that people who were unable to travel independently due to psychological distress, were no longer entitled to the enhanced mobility rate of the benefit.

The mobility component of PIP is paid at two different rates - £22 or £58 per week - depending on how your condition affects you.

However, the High Court ruled that the changes 'blatantly discriminate' against those with mental health conditions and were a breach of their human rights.

Minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton said the Department of Work and Pensions would be reviewing cases that may be eligible and would ensure that claimants receive the correct award.

The review is expected to cost £3.7 billion and take years to complete.

Find out more

You can find out more about how the changes may affect you, by calling the DWP's special PIP helpline on 0800 917 2222, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Or for independent advice and information, contact your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/

We also have information about PIP and other benefits here. Or you can call our Epilepsy Helpline on 01494 601400, Mon-Tues, 9am-4pm and Wed 9am-7.30pm.

 

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