Personal Independence Payment: Regulations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:29 pm on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham 4:29 pm, 29th March 2017

That is absolutely explicit in the regulations. That group is now being discriminated against, which is contrary to the original intention. The Secretary of State talked about restoring the original aim of the policy, but the change does not do that; it is different.

The Secretary of State suggests that it was never the intention to include this group of people with mental health problems, but his predecessors told the House, in terms, that it was the intention to include people irrespective of their impairment type. That was the intention of Ministers in 2012, but these regulations will thwart it. I hope that, like the other place, we will say no to these changes.