March 1, 2017
In what has been a turbulent few days following an update on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for disabled people, the government has stated that it looks to save an extra £3.7bn by cutting payments by 2022.
Two tribunals ruled that more should be done to assist individuals with mental as well as physical disabilities but the government has decided to go ahead and enforce the cuts. Disabilities minister, Penny Mordaunt, said reforms were required to “restore the original aim of the benefit”, before restricting the measures.
PIP currently helps around 600,000 people in the UK so that disabled people, who are twice as likely to live in poverty as a non-disabled person, can have a good quality of life. These changes are expected to impact more than 150,000 people in the UK.
Changes to the PIP scheme are coming on 16th March 2017 and the law will be changed so that the words ‘for reasons other than psychological distress’ will be added to the start of descriptors C, D and F in relation to ‘planning and following journeys’.
If you wish to see the list of changes, in full, and are looking to make a claim either before March 16, 2017 or after this date, please visit the following link: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/personal-independence-payment-pip