Personal Independence Payments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 12:42 pm, 15th March 2017

I can give other examples that do include mental health issues, but I understand the hon. Lady’s point that there are obviously different forms of condition. Cognitive impairment is not necessarily the same as a mental health impairment, which covers a much wider and, in many cases, different range of conditions. However, all of them are covered fairly by PIP, so the contention from Opposition Members that the benefit is somehow bad at source is wrong. I can see that when I look at the number of people receiving it, particularly those with mental health conditions, who have not received any benefit in the past. I hope that the House will acknowledge that fact.

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