Backdating letter

annex “Stakeholder and MP FAQs” Source: Deposited papers – DEP2018-0345 – Full plain text of letter and annex at foot of page Download letter and annex (pdf) – view online Annex extract “Indicative timescales Background information on the personal independence payment, mental health judgement. (This is an as is cut and paste from the original PDF document and may contains errors) HOUSE OF COMMONS LONDON SW1A OAA 29 March 2018 Dear Colleague On 19m January, I announced to the House that I would not appeal the High Court judgment regarding part of the 2017 amending regulations which covered eligibility to the higher rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payments for individuals experiencing overwhelming psychological distress.

On 23rd January, I came to the House to set out the reasons for my decision not to pursue this appeal, and to reassure colleagues of my commitment to implementing the MH judgment in the best interests of claimants.

• Working to design the complex administrative exercise to identify those claimants who may be entitled to a higher PIP award as a result of the judgment. Work is already underway to engage with a range of key stakeholders on the required changes. Supporting people with mental health conditions is a top priority for this Government, with a higher proportion receiving the higher rates of PIP than the equivalent under the legacy benefit Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

We carefully considered the judgment and decided not to appeal the outcome in order to provide certainty to claimants with mental health conditions.

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Following the judgment in MH, the Government introduced the 2017 amending regulations.

This includes engaging with a range of stakeholders on implementing the judgment, designing and introducing an administrative exercise to identify claimants who may now be eligible for a higher PIP award.

We are committed to taking this work forward at pace over the coming months, and will publish new guidance in due course.

Those claimants which the judgment affects will be identified and contacted directly by the Department.

Claimants can be reassured that as part of this administrative exercise no one will be required to attend a further face-to-face assessment or have their award reduced as a result of applying the MH judgment.

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