220k end-users still waiting to receive PIP payments six months after High Court ruling

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An estimated 220,000 people are still owed PIP payments from November 2016 and will have to wait several more weeks before they receive money to help them live independently.

The claimants are still waiting six months after the Department for Work and Pension’s policy against them was ruled to be “discriminatory” by the High Court.

The ruling saw the government promise to review all 1.6m PIP cases to identify the people who have been underpaid the mobility component of the payment. The back payments were estimated to cost around £3.7bn.

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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey told the House of Commons that the first payments would be made at the end of the summer instead of the start of the summer.

But Labour MP Luciana Berger criticised the delay: “On 21 December 2017, the High Court ruled that PIP changes made earlier in the year had been ‘blatantly discriminatory’ against people with mental health conditions, and ‘cannot be objectively justified’.

“However, six months later, there is still no confirmed timetable for the full implementation of the High Court’s judgment and the delivery of back payments to the people affected. Will the Secretary of State tell us today—six months on—when that High Court ruling will be implemented?”

Ms McVey hit back, saying the scale of assessments caused an understandable delay. She added that she was considering simplifying the PIP process “to make the process smoother, easier and more beneficial for people in need”.

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  1. D Walker said:

    I was told on phone by PIP customer services they have not even started the review process of the new high court ruling!! And they still don’t know the best way forward with the process. Unacceptable!

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