More than five months after admitting they had broken the law and would have to reassess 1.6 million PIP awards, the DWP have finally published new guidance for health professionals on how to assess mobility claims.
In March 2017 the DWP changed the law relating to the PIP mobility component. Their aim was to make it harder for claimants who have difficulty going out because of overwhelming psychological distress to get an award.
The changes, which relate to the Planning and following journeys activity were ruled unlawful by the courts and, in January 2018, the DWP admitted defeat and dropped their appeal against the decision.
However, instead of immediately beginning to apply the law correctly, the DWP continued to apply the discriminatory rules whilst they claimed they were consulting with stakeholders over changes to the guidance issued to assessors.
The new guidance has…
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