High Court ruling – changes to PIP are ‘blatantly discriminatory’ against people with mental health problems

Earlier this year, the Government introduced changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). These changes restricted eligibility for thousands of people with mental health problems.

When the regulations were announced, National Mind campaigned to have them overturned in parliament.

Mind were unable to secure a vote before the 2017 General Election, but this month the High Court ruled that these changes are ‘blatantly discriminatory’ against people with mental health problems and ‘cannot be objectively justified’.

This ruling is a victory for people with mental health problems and an important first step towards getting the regulations overturned for good.

A statement from National Mind says – ‘The Government now needs to accept the ruling it has been given and provide clarity and reassurance to people with mental health problems about what action they will take now. We know that in the meantime many people will be anxious to know what this means for their PIP assessment.’

You can read a full statement from National Mind here