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WCA discriminates against mental health sufferers 29 Mar 2017 09:34 #313

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Originally posted by Surplus Labour (2017)

DWP 'tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions'

It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help

The Department for Work and Pensions has told its disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions compared to those with physical problems.

New guidelines from the department to assessors for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit appears to explicitly single out those with mental health conditions who suffer identical impacts as those with physical conditions.

Assessors have been told that people whose mobility is limited due to mental health conditions should not be entitled to receive the mobility component of PIP even if their mobility is limited to the same extent as someone with a physical impairment.

The new guidance issued by the Department says that mobility impairments caused by psychological issues are “not relevant”.

Mental health charity Mind accused the Government “labelling” claimants by their condition and of perpetuating a “burning injustice” of the kind Theresa May has said she wanted to end with regards to mental health.



www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-mental-health-discrimination-pip-cuts-mobility-mind-a7629866.html
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