The Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work has published an updated version of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Guide which provides guidance for Health Professionals carrying out PIP assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. The move will increase entitlement for a number of both new and existing claimants, particularly those with conditions such as epilepsy, which affect consciousness.
The DWP was prompted to make the changes following a court ruling in March which found that people who need support to make journeys because of psychological distress should be eligible for the higher rate of PIP to cover the costs of that support.
The Government said it has also made further changes to the mobility component of PIP, after discovering that it failed to reflect the challenges that may be faced by people with sensory difficulties if they experience disruptions to a journey. Higher rates will now be offered to people with these needs.
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