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EHRC and Mind to support PIP legal challenge for those with psychological distress

06 December 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Mind have been granted permission to intervene in support of the High Court case RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

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The Public Law Project (PLP) is representing a client, RF, who is bringing a challenge to the unfair and discriminatory way those with psychological distress are treated by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rules. 

From 16 March 2017, new PIP regulations prevent an award of the enhanced PIP mobility rate if someone cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person unless it is “for reasons other than psychological distress”.

This means that those with serious mental health conditions, who are unable to plan or undertake a journey because of overwhelming psychological distress are only entitled to a lower level of support, if any. 

PLP is acting for the claimant in RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with the support of numerous charities including Disability Rights UK, The National Autistic Society, Revolving Doors Agency and Inclusion London.

This case is about trying to make the PIP system fairer for all those with mental health problems such as schizophrenia, PTSD, agoraphobia and clinical depression and other debilitating conditions.

DR UK submitted a witness statement in support of RF’s claim.

Further information about the PLP is available at  www.publiclawproject.org.uk/

See also our news article – People with mental health conditions can still get enhanced PIP mobility component says DWP