Personal Independence Payment: Regulations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Conservative, Faversham and Mid Kent 4:44 pm, 29th March 2017

As someone who spends a great deal of time on work to improve care and support for people with mental health conditions, I will begin my remarks with a couple of contextual points before moving promptly to talking about the question of PIPs.

I am thankful that mental health has never been a higher priority for any Government. The Prime Minister has made it clear that it is a priority for her. We have the “Five Year Forward View for Mental Health” and extra funding for mental health. Campaigners, charities and professionals that I work with in the mental health sector have said to me that right now is a golden moment to improve mental health care because of this unprecedented commitment by the Government to mental health.