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DWP Minister Baroness Altmann Forced To Apologise Over PIP Mobility Criteria

June 15, 2016

DWP minister Baroness Altmann has been forced to issue a humiliating written apology after entirely misleading the House of Lords about the criteria for the mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP).

Baroness Altmann repeatedly claimed in a debate in the House of Lords on 4 May that claimants who cannot walk 50 metres would be guaranteed to receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP:

“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.” (<href=”#contribution-16050467000068″>See Hansard)

In fact, a claimant who is able to walk more than 20 metres but less than 50 metres is only entitled to the standard rate of the mobility component, not the enhanced rate, unless they also score points for planning and following journeys.

It was the change from 50 metres to 20 metres for the enhanced rate that has caused such misery to the many thousands of higher rate DLA mobility claimants who are transferred to PIP and lose their Motability vehicles.

After the debate Baroness Altmann had to write a letter of apology to all the Lords who had spoken and place a copy of the letter on the record.

The letter admits Baroness Altmann’s mistake, which even a badly briefed DWP minister should never have made, and ends with a handwritten note stating:

“I am truly sorry that I need to correct this, please accept my apologies.”

You can download a copy of Baroness Altmann’s letter here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2016 12:20 am

    Baroness Altmann like so many lords hasn’t a clue to how the DWP is run and even this so called rule on walking distances is a very much a hit and mis rule with those who can walk much further and get pip to those who cant walk at all getting turned down

    Baroness Altmann needs to do her own research and not leave it for others like my daughter who is a political adviser to do her work for her

    i should point out my daughter is a political consultant to the NHS and thank god not the DWP

  2. Susan hemmings permalink
    June 15, 2016 8:38 am

    And hiw the hell is her crass apology going to help all thise that have lost theur cars. Stupid woman shoukd NEVER be involved in giving speeches if she has not one clue about what she is saying

  3. alice permalink
    June 15, 2016 8:49 am

    you’d think they’d get their facts right before ruining people’s lives !!!

    • Florence permalink
      June 15, 2016 10:40 am

      The DWP rely on getting their facts wrong during the assessment for PIP and ESA. The whole system is set up as a disability denial system. This was imported from the USA and has been described as such in courts across the states. Oh yes, and the company involved has actually been banned from health insurance activities in several places because of this. The Baroness is typical of those running the Uk now. Wilfully ignorant if what us being done to the citizens, because they’re not really bothered as long as it’s working for them and their class.

  4. June 15, 2016 11:31 am

    Reblogged this on Christopher John Ball.

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