Local partnership role in landmark PIP judgement
Many more people with mental health problems who find social situations debilitating could now be entitled to claim a disability benefit, a landmark judgement ruled today (Thursday 18 July).
The Supreme Court judgement means that many more people with mental health problems and other disabled people will be entitled to support from Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which replaces Disability Living Allowance. This will particularly affect people who need help to engage with other people and form relationships.
Bath Mind were asked by Mind’s social policy and campaigns team to prepare evidence in support of the claimant in this case. The work was carried out by the Research and Campaigns team at Citizens Advice BANES, alongside our benefits caseworker, and our task was to complete interviews with clients with mental health problems who need support to engage with others. The transcripts of these interviews were submitted as evidence before the Supreme Court earlier this year.
Bath Mind are proud to have made a difference and would like to thank the staff involved and, in particular, those clients who agreed to take part. The voices and experiences of claimants matter and, because of our contribution, these have now been heard in the highest court in the UK.
See the full press release from Mind on their website.
Paul Spencer, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Mind said:
“The evidence and insight which Bath Mind and Citizens Advice BANES gathered played a key role in helping to convince the Supreme Court that the DWP’s approach was misguided. It was because of their work that the highest court in the UK was able to hear the words of people with mental health problems themselves when making their decision. We hope that thanks to this ruling thousands more people with mental health problems will be able to get the right support.”
Author: Jude King
Posted on: 19th July 2019