Personal independence allowance (PIP) is soon to replace the disability living allowance (DLA). The new PIP benefit will form part of the Welfare Reform Bill and will be made up of a daily living component and a mobility component – both of which will have two levels (standard and enhanced).
Under the new legislation many individuals with mental health problems stand to lose out under the new government plans, as these benefits help many with the cost of transportation and getting around.
According to mental health charity Mind, 85% of individuals who currently claim DLA for mental health problems would receive the reduce rate for mobility – amounting to a total cost of around £20 each week.
Chief Executive of Mind, Paul Farmer, said: “365,000 people with mental health problems rely on DLA mobility, using the money to run a car or take taxis so that they can leave the house and go to medical appointments when their anxiety levels prohibit them from taking public transport.”
Farmer believes that individuals suffering from mental health problems will find it very difficult to qualify for the mobility section of PIP when DLA is abolished, which could lead to further distress for some individuals who are unable to get around without the benefits.
Mind is urging the Government to halt the introduction of PIP so that an independent report assessing the suitability of the benefit for individuals with mental health problems can be undertaken.
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