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

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.

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