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High Court says PIP rule changes are unlawful

Friday 22nd December 2017

The High Court has found that controversial changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rules made earlier this year were unlawful and discriminate against people with mental health issues.

These changes were introduced in March 2017 and made it more difficult to qualify for the mobility component if you needed help to follow a journey due to 'psychological distress'.

The High Court has now found that these changes to the rules discriminate against some disabled people and the Secretary of State did not have the lawful power to make the changes he did.

The government has said that it intends to appeal this decision. It is expected that these PIP rules will continue to be applied in the meantime until the Court of Appeal decides whether or not to allow the appeal. A decision on this is expected in early 2018.

A full copy of the Court's decision in RF v Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions is available here.