By Steven Hopkins in HUFFPOST.
The Government has pledged to review all 1.6 million disability benefit claims after deciding not to fight a High Court ruling on personal independence payment (PIP) that a judge called “blatantly discriminatory”.
The court ruling in December, ministers previously said, could see 220,000 PIP claimants awarded higher payments.
Earlier estimates suggested it would impact 164,000 people’s benefits and would cost £3.7 billion by 2022.
So how did a decision aimed at saving money and improving the benefits process go so wrong?
It starts with Esther McVey, the very person whose return to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) this month, was met with such anger.
WHAT IS PIP?
The Personal Independence Payment was introduced in April 2013 during Esther McVey’s first stint at the DWP under then-Prime Minister David Cameron.
PIP will eventually replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and McVey said at the time that it would “better reflect today’s understanding of disability”.
Those receiving the new payment were required to undergo medical reassessment.
A DWP spokesperson said of the change: “PIP is a better benefit which takes a much wider look at the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis. Under PIP, 29% of claimants receive the highest rate of support compared to 15% under DLA.
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