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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the implication for her policies are of the High Court ruling of 21 December 2017, RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 01 February 2018

I refer the Hon. Member to the statement made by myself, Official Report, 30 January 2018, Column 704.

The Department for Work and Pensions will not be appealing this judgment. The Department will therefore implement the Upper Tribunal judgment in MH.

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(Oldham East and Saddleworth)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Written Statement of 19 January 2018, HCWS414, whether applicants will be entitled to a reassessment if they were given the standard rate of the PIP mobility component after the February 2017 changes to PIP regulations, where the cause of the claim was psychological distress.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 29 January 2018

As part of implementing the MH Upper Tribunal judgment, the Department for Work and Pensions will carry out an administrative exercise in order to ensure that claimants receive the correct award. We will be going through all cases in receipt of PIP and all decisions made since the judgment in MH to identify anyone who may be entitled to more as a result of the judgment. This review will include claimants who are currently receiving the standard rate of the PIP mobility component and experience psychological distress.

The Department will directly contact anyone who is affected and additional payments will be backdated to the effective date in each claim. The effective date will be either the date of the claim or the date of the MH judgment (November 2016), whichever is the later date. Claimants do not need to write to DWP in order to receive the correct award.

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(Oldham East and Saddleworth)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 19 January 2018, HCWS414, what the timetable is for claimants to be informed if they are entitled to a back payment.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 29 January 2018

We are working with stakeholders to change the PIP assessment guide so that we can implement the judgment. Once we have completed this exercise we will be carrying out an administrative exercise to review cases that may be eligible and ensure that claimants receive the correct award. This will be a complex exercise and of considerable scale, as we will be reconsidering approximately 1.6 million claims. Whilst we will be working at pace to complete this exercise it is important that we get it right.

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