If you get Personal Independence Payments, the Government will soon review what you get. This is due to a recent ruling which could see 220,000 people get more money.

The ruling in December 2017 said that certain Personal Independence Payments decisions discriminated against people with mental health conditions. This was due to a way in which the Government asked certain questions to see if you could get the benefit.

If you’ve got mental health issues, it’s possible you’re one of the people who could claim more money. We’ll take you through the change to Personal Independence Payments and how you’ll get your money if it affects you.

What are Personal Independence Payments?

Personal Independence Payments replaces disability living allowance. If you have a long-term health condition or disability, you can get money to cover your extra living costs.

With Personal Independence Payments, you can get a daily living allowance and an extra mobility allowance. Whether you’ll get both will depend on how serious the Government thinks your condition is after it’s assessed you.

  • Daily living part – the weekly rate is either £55.65 or £83.10.
  • Mobility part – the weekly rate is either £22 or £58.

When you apply for Personal Independence Payments, the Government assesses you to see how much you should get. The results of this assessment will decide whether you get the higher or lower amount of each part.

What does this change mean?

One way that the Government assesses you when you apply for Personal Independence Payments is to ask if you can take a familiar journey on your own. If you can’t, you can get the higher mobility part payment of £58 a week.

But due to a change in 2017, you couldn’t get the higher mobility payment if you couldn’t take a familiar journey on your own for psychological reasons. This meant that thousands of people with mental health conditions couldn’t get that higher mobility part payment – and this is what a High Court ruling found discriminatory.

The Government isn’t challenging the ruling so it’s now allowing people who can’t take a familiar journey on their own for psychological reasons to claim more money. And what’s more, the original tribunal for this ruling took place in November 2016, and the Government will backdate all successful claims to that date.

That means that if you’re successful, you could get £100s of pounds.

What do you need to do?

You don’t need to do anything yet. The Government is reviewing all 1.6 million claims for Personal Independence Payments and estimates that 220,000 people will get more money.

If you’re due extra money, the Government says it will write to you in due course. Until that happens, you don’t need to get in touch.

Not sure what benefits you can claim? Try a benefits calculator like the one at entitled to and it will work out what you can get.

Do you need extra support for mental health issues? Find a list of resources on our signposting to services page.