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Can You Help Billie Overturn PIP Changes?

May 24, 2017

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Can you help? Billie, a claimant with severe mental health issues, has launched a legal challenge against the recent changes to PIP. The new regulations have made it much harder for people with mental health conditions to get an award of the mobility component.

Mobility changes
In January of this year the DWP lost a case before a panel of upper tribunal judges.

The decision supported advice we had been giving for years: that claimants with conditions such as severe anxiety can qualify for the enhanced rate of the mobility component, just on the basis of problems with ‘Planning and following a journey’.

Rather than accept defeat, the government rushed through new regulations which came into force in March.

The effect is that people who are too anxious to ever undertake journeys, unless they have someone with them, will only be awarded 4 points by the DWP. This is not enough to get an award of the mobility component.

Even claimants who are too anxious to ever go on journeys, even if they have someone with them, will only score 10 points. This is not enough to get an award of the enhanced mobility component.

alone.

Mind have estimated that up to 160,000 people with conditions such as severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia will lose out as a result of the changes.

Billie’s challenge
Billie (not her real name) has severe mental health problems which mean that she is extremely vulnerable when travelling. She needs a lot of support to do this reliably and safely.

Because of her condition she often gets disoriented and confused and has poor concentration, memory and organisational skills.

When her condition is at its most severe, Billie can travel miles in the wrong direction with no recollection of how she has got there, often having to rely on the public and police to help her get home.

Billie was refused an award of the mobility component of PIP under the new regulations.

She has launched her High Court challenge on the basis that the change in the law discriminates against claimants with mental health conditions and also on the grounds that the DWP should have carried out a proper consultation before deciding whether to bring in the changes.

Billie and the Public Law Project are collaborating with human rights barrister Aileen McColgan of Matrix Chambers, who is working on a no-win no-fee basis.

However, £3,000 is still needed to cover court fees and other expenses.

Since the crowdfunding page opened on 23 May, £750 has already been donated.

Who’s next?
We know from recent forecasts made by the office for Budget Responsibility that PIP is failing to cut the disability benefits bill. The only way that will change is if the DWP make the PIP test ever harder to pass, so that fewer and fewer claimants get an award.

This time it was claimants with mental health conditions who were targeted. Next it could be an claimants with an entirely different condition.

Whatever your health condition, everyone has an interest in ensuring that the DWP learns that it can’t just change the PIP regulations whenever it chooses. At least, not without facing a serious legal backlash.

If you can afford a small donation, Billie’s Crowdjustice page is here

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2017 12:37 am

    And the CONselfServative government under Theresa May proudly announce they are doing more to help people with mental health problems, (What a load of Rubbish, total BS, and if they were asked to explain, they’d talk utter gobbledegook)!

  2. May 24, 2017 5:20 am

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  3. May 24, 2017 5:24 am

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  4. May 24, 2017 6:58 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  5. May 24, 2017 7:07 am

    More Course of Justice Perverting BS from those ‘Benefits And Work.’ FRAUDSTERS.

    >However, £3,000 is still needed to cover court fees and other expenses.
    >Since the crowdfunding page opened on 23 May, £750 has already been donated.

    Reporting CRIME to THE POLICE is ***FREE***… FFS.

    The murdering criminal abusers at the DWP are obviously discriminating against people with mental health conditions… that breaks –

    Equality Act 2010
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

    Their unlawful discrimination is to dishonestly cause those people a loss. … that breaks –

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents
    (up to TEN YEARS in prison for that crime)

    The criminal misconduct from DWP nonce swine is –

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/
    (up to LIFE in prison for that crime)

    The criminal HATE from DWP filth is of course HATE CRIME –

    Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 146) –
    Increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/44/section/146
    (so lock them up and throw away the key)

    DWP Hate Crime is also, of course, VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE –

    Care Act 2014 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents
    Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/42/enacted
    (in prison the hated DWP sickos will be N.O.N.C.E – not on common exercise)

    —-

    So instead of trying to CON cash out of people… Why WON’T ‘Benefits And Work.’ FRAUDSTERS just report CRIME to the POLICE and report ABUSE to SOCIAL SERVICES?

    And then start demanding that all of those public sector filth START DOING THEIR FU****G JOBS.
    .

  6. May 24, 2017 8:24 am

    >Billie and the Public Law Project

    The – Public Law Project –
    http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/

    Gets a lot of it’s CASH from The – Access to Justice Foundation –

    £24000 in 2016 (KERCHING) –
    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends42/0001003342_AC_20160331_E_C.pdf

    The Access to Justice Foundation – http://www.atjf.org.uk
    gets a lot of it’s CASH from –

    THERESA MAY’s MINISTRY OF JUSTICE –
    £1176428 in 2015 (2016 not yet published)

    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends47/0001126147_AC_20151231_E_C.pdf

    They try to make it harder to find that info by burying it in a note on page 23 –

    “4. Government grants
    Included within grants received is an amount totalling £1,450,000 (2014: £414,535)
    provided by the Ministry of Justice to fund the ‘Litigation in Person Support Strategy’
    which has been disclosed separately within restricted funds.”

    (KERCHING!)

    Yet more ***FAKE*** “independent” LEGAL ADVICE “CHARITIES”

    The Bribery Act 2010 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/23/contents

    Perverting The Course of Justice –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/public_justice_offences_incorporating_the_charging_standard/
    (up to LIFE in prison for that crime)

    The Access to Justice Foundation has a list of “Organisations we have supported” with cash from THERESA MAY’s MINISTRY OF JUSTICE –
    http://www.atjf.org.uk/recipients.html
    Now you know of at least a few of the Bribed Course of Justice Perverts to avoid like the plague that they are.
    .

    • May 24, 2017 8:31 am

      As I doubt that anyone on here can be bothered to follow a link here is that list of GOVERNMENT Bribed scumbags to avoid –

      Organisations we have supported

      Advice UK
      Age Connects
      Asylum Support Appeals Project
      Avon & Bristol Law Centre
      Bar Pro Bono Unit
      Better Leeds Communities
      Birmingham Law Centre
      Bournemouth & Poole Pro Bono
      Bradford Law Centre
      Bristol CAB & CHAS Housing Advice
      Bury Law Centre
      Cardiff Employment Law Pro Bono LAC
      Carmarthen Citizens Advice Bureau
      ​Castle Park Solicitors
      Cumbria Law Centre
      CCA & PAS
      Centre for Criminal Appeals
      Cheshire West Citizens Advice Bureau
      ​Copeland CAB
      Coram Children’s Legal Centre
      North Kensington Law Centre
      Cardiff Law Centre
      CILEx Pro Bono Trust
      Citizens Advice
      Coventry Law Centre
      Darlington CAB
      Derbyshire Law Centre
      Devon Law Centre
      Ealing Law Centre
      Eastern Legal Support Trust
      Environmental Law Foundation
      Essex Community Law Centre
      Friends of the Earth
      Fulham Legal Advice Centre
      Gloucester Law Centre
      Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
      ​Greenwich Housing Rights
      Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District CAB
      ​Herefordshire CAB
      Innocence Network UK
      ​Isle of Wight Law Centre
      Islington Law Centre
      Kent Law Clinic
      Kirklees Law Centre ​​
      Lambeth Law Centre
      LASA
      Law Centres Network
      Law for Life
      LawWorks
      Legal Action Group
      Legal Advice Centre (University House)
      Liverpool Law Clinic
      London Legal Support Trust
      Luton Law Centre
      Midland Legal Support Trust
      Migrants Resource Centre
      Newcastle Law Centre
      Norfolk Community Law Centre
      North East Legal Support Trust
      North Kensington Law Centre
      North Liverpool CAB
      North West Legal Support Trust
      Nottingham Law Centre
      Paddington Law Centre
      Personal Support Unit
      Plumstead Community Law Centre
      Prisoners Advice Service
      Public Law Project
      RCJ Advice Bureau & Islington CAB
      Reaching Justice Wales
      Reigate & Banstead District CAB
      ​Release
      Rights of Women
      Rochdale Law Centre
      Shelter Cymru
      St. Hilda’s East Community Centre
      South Manchester Law Centre
      South West Law Centres CIC
      South West London Law Centre
      Streetwise Community Law Centre
      Surrey Law Centre
      ​Talking Money
      Tamil Welfare Association (Newham)
      Tower Hamlets Law Centre
      Trafford Law Centre
      Vauxhall Community Law & Info Centre
      Wiltshire Law Centre

  7. May 25, 2017 4:35 am

    And (yet) another thing –

    >However, £3,000 is still needed to cover court fees and other expenses.

    From compactlaw.co.uk –
    http://www.compactlaw.co.uk/compactlaw-admin/do-i-have-to-pay-court-fees.html

    Do I Have To Pay Court Fees?

    The HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has a system of court fee reductions and waivers called the remission system.

    You will ****NOT**** have to pay a court fee if:

    a) You are on Income Support, or

    b) Working Tax Credit, (but not also receiving Child Tax Credit), or

    c) Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or

    d) Pension Credit guarantee credit under the State Pension Credit Act 2002, or

    e) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or

    f) Your annual income is below certain limits based on a sliding scale of £13,000 (single person without children) or £18,000 (couple without children) to £24,720 (single person with 4 children) or £29,720 (couple with 4 children). Thereafter add £2,930 for each additional child.

    ————————-

    Is ahem… “Billie” a Nigerian ex-government minister?

    This croudfunding Fraud has so far Blagged £4,520.

    It is being done by a ‘Charity’ called “Wish – A voice for women’s mental health”

    “Wish is a national women’s mental health charity. Please join us in backing Billie to overturn the DWP’s new PIP regulations, which discriminate against claimants with mental health needs.”

    https://www.womenatwish.org.uk/

    “Registered charity number 1054621”

    Their Charity Commission Accounts –
    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1054621&SubsidiaryNumber=0

    “Financial Statements for the Year ended 31 March 2015”
    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends21/0001054621_AC_20150331_E_C.pdf
    PAGE 16 –
    “Grant and donation income was received from the following sources:”
    “Office for Disability Issues – £1,769”

    and in 2014 – “Office for Disability Issues – £1,769”
    and in 2013 – “Office for Disability Issues – £5,997”

    GUESS who the “Office for Disability Issues” is ????
    .

    IT’S THE ***DWP***

    .
    https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-disability-issues
    .

    —–

    Yeah, I’m going to give cash to DWP funded course of justice perverts.

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