220,000 due to get more in disability benefit

A court ruling means many are owed back payments

A recent court ruling stated that restrictions to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) discriminated against people with mental health problems.

In March 2017, the Government changed the rules so that people with mental health issues who struggled to make journeys because of overwhelming distress were entitled to less support from PIP than other people with mobility difficulties.

PIP and Mental Health

However, the court has now ruled this discriminatory and unlawful, and the Government has accepted the judgement, which means the rule no longer applies.

Up to 220,000 people could expect to have their disability benefit increased in light of this news.

Martin 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 cruel and unfair distinctions between those with physical impairments and mental health conditions.”

The Government has said it will write to everyone who has been affected and that it will backdate payments to when the award was made.

If you are currently going through a reconsideration or appeal, you may want to reference these changes to make sure that the person making the decision takes them into account.

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Mental Health Problems of ‘Frontline’ Medics

Thousands of frontline medics, police, and firefighters are struggling with mental health problems but are too scared to ask for help, a survey reveals.

Shocking figures released by the mental health charity Mind shows that nearly 90 per cent of emergency services personnel polled admitted to stress, low mood and poor mental health. But those in the frontline were most at risk of developing problems and less likely to speak out. It’s claimed they don’t believe employers view mental health issues as a valid reason for sick leave.

The online survey of over £,500 staff also showed that more than half had experienced severe mental health problems but just 43 per cent of those had taken time off.

Mental HealthAnd latest figures released by ambulance trusts to TV’s 5 News showed that the number of sick days taken for stress-related illnesses by paramedics has soared by 40 per cent in a single year – from 29,449 in 2013 to 41,297 days last year.

Now Mind – which is set to deliver a Blue Light programme supporting 999 personnel with mental health issues – is urging emergency services to sign up to the Time to Change pledge. The campaign, championed by the Sunday Mirror, aims to help soaring numbers of victims.

Paul Farmer, of Mind, said: “Not only are  many of our blue light personnel struggling with their mental health, but they’re less likely to seek support or have time off sick than the general workforce.

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“These workers are quite well paid as well – what sort of mental health problems are the people who are poorly paid or reliant on the benefit system encountering?”