Following months of criticism and pressure on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability benefit system, the government has said that all 1.6m claims will be reviewed.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently backed down from challenging a High Court ruling which judged changes to the PIP system regarding mental health to be unfair.
Now the full-scale review could see around 220,000 people paid extra money to fund independent living.
The changes to PIP limited financial support for people with mental health conditions. It meant that thousands were denied the enhanced mobility rate of PIP.
The changes were met with strong criticism and added to the pressure the system was already coming under to improve its assessment process.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Sarah Abrahams said that the government was wrong to cut PIP benefits in the first place and wrong to bring in the PIP regulations last year, according to a report by the BBC.
Meanwhile, Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, told the BBC: “While it’s crucial that the government urgently identifies and pays the vast numbers of disabled people who lost out on this vital support, this will not address the root of the problem.”
“The fundamentally flawed PIP assessment needs a radical overhaul so it accurately identifies the extra costs disabled people face.”
Other campaigners welcomed the DWP’s review but continued to criticise the assessment process, which has come under fire numerous times in the past year.