Response to High Court ruling on PIP delays

5 June 2015

Responding to the court ruling today that delays in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) to two disabled people were unlawful, Leonard Cheshire Disability's Campaigns Director, Andy Cole, said:

‘It is absolutely unacceptable when disabled people are not able to access the essential support they need to live their lives with independence and dignity.

‘These were not isolated cases. Many thousands of disabled people have waited over a year for PIP payments and have been left in financial turmoil and isolated as a result, unable to work or access vital services such as a specialised wheelchairs or transport to hospital appointments.

‘The new government must now ensure that these delays become a thing of the past. While we recognise there was some improvement in waiting times made in the last parliament there is still a significant way to go before the system is fit for purpose to support all disabled people.’

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Notes for editors

  • Case studies illustrating the impact of PIP waiting times are available.
  • Disabled people need extra financial support for the extra costs associated with their impairment or condition. Disabled people spend £550 a month on costs directly associated with their condition or impairment on average and 1 in 10 spend over £1,000. (E. Brawn, Priced Out: Ending the financial penalty of disability by 2020.)
  • Receiving Personal Independent Payments gives access to other benefits so disabled people are also losing out on additional support such as housing costs and bus passes.