An important legal judgment has been issued that will likely deny an award of the Personal Independence Payment mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety.
The upper tribunal appeal decision – UK/313/2015 – holds that the PIP descriptor “Cannot follow the route of an unfamiliar journey without another person, assistance dog or orientation aid” concerns only the ability of a disabled person to navigate in terms of following a route.
This descriptor attracts 10 points under the PIP assessment point’s scheme and so leads on its own to an award of the standard mobility component (worth £55.10 per week).
The new judgment overturns a previous decision – CSPIP/109/2015 – that allowed that where someone is so prone to anxiety they need accompanying they may qualify for one of the “planning and following a journey” PIP…
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