PLP have written to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIPs).  Our letter concerns amendments to the PIP regulations, which PLP is currently contesting to be discriminatory.  It also concerns distress caused by the assessment procedure and the evidential burden on those suffering mental health conditions to prove the extent of their disability.

You can read the full letter to the inquiry here.

PLP currently represents a PIP claimant, RF, in a judicial review concerning amendments made, in February 2017, to the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSHD).  We contend that the amendments are discriminatory. These amendments make a distinction between cognitive and psychological needs, which has led to those suffering psychological distress to be refused the mobility element of PIP.  You can read our more about this case here.