Written by : Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Conservative ministers have introduced emergency legislation which denies 160,000 people from receiving benefits that are “rightfully theirs”, it has been claimed.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was advised to expand the reach of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by two tribunals to cover a broader spectrum of claimants, including those with psychological problems.
However disabilities minister Penny Mordaunt said urgent reforms were needed to “restore the original aim of the benefit”, before tightening the measures.
The Government said expanding the payment criteria would cost an extra £3.7bn extra by 2022 and insisted that no claimant would see a reduction in the amount of PIP previously awarded.
However, Labour accused the Conservatives of “shifting the goalposts” and said 160,000 people were set to miss out.
Shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said: “Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of personal independence payment assessments and correcting these injustices, the Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.