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DWP must 'reverse cruel effects' of PIP changes, says SANE
Added: 21st Dec 2017

The High Court has today ruled changes to personal independence payment this year were "blatantly discriminatory" against people with mental health problems.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: “Only weeks after Theresa May promised to ensure parity of esteem between mental and physical healthcare, her government altered the benefits system whereby tens of thousands of people with mental illness were stripped of the payments which had made it possible to lead independent lives.

“This has resulted in more than half of those with psychotic illnesses having their benefit reduced or withdrawn. It will continue to have a devastating impact on anyone whose major disability involves elements of psychological distress.

“The judge’s ruling today that the changes were ‘blatantly discriminatory’ will be followed by many other cases, until the assessment criteria acknowledge the importance of mental disability. It is vital the DWP reverse the cruel effects of their changes on those most in danger of isolation and at risk of both their mental and physical health deteriorating.”

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