Dismayed by the newly announced changes to PIP, we have sent the following to Debbie Abrahams, as the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. We look forward to her reply which we will share here.
Hi there Debbie,
It seems a long time since Frances and I met you for tea in Portcullis House.
We are dismayed by the government decision to change the PIP regulations to get round the court ruling.
The government say from 16 March the law will be changed so that the words “For reasons other than psychological distress” will be added to the start of descriptors c, d and f in relation to “Planning and following journeys”.
They promised us parity for mental health. Now they are introducing phrases like “For reasons other than psychological distress”. How can that ever give parity to mental health if psychological conditions are discounted?
We really hope you will help fight this with us.