Monday, October 14, 2019

Tory Peer Forced Into Humiliating Retreat Over Inaccurate Disability Benefit Claims

Baroness Altmann apologised over claims disabled people who cannot walk 50 metres would be guaranteed the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment.


Tory Peer, Baroness Altmann, has been forced to apologise over misleading claims that disabled benefit claimants who cannot walk 50 metres would be guaranteed the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Speaking to Peers in the House of Lords on 4 May 2016, Baroness Altmann said: “Under PIP, if a claimant cannot walk up to 20 metres safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner, they are guaranteed to receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component.

“If a claimant cannot walk up to 50 metres safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner, then they are guaranteed to receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component.”

However, under PIP eligibility rules a disabled person who is only able to walk more than 20 metres but less than 50 metres is only eligible to the standard rate of the mobility component of PIP.

Baroness Altmann, the Minister of State for Pensions, has now written the following apology, in which she admits the inaccuracy of her statement:

Ltr to Baroness Thomas Re PIP – Mobility Criteron


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