As new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions Esther McVey hid from the scrutiny of the House of Commons, the depth of the Tory government’s Personal Independence Payment scandal continued to unfold:
“It is nothing short of a national disgrace that Ministers persisted with this utterly flawed and unfair system of PIP assessments despite all the warnings.
It was only when the High Court ruled that Ministers’ changes to PIP were
against people with mental health conditions and were a breach of their human rights—the opposite of parity of esteem in action—that the Government announced that they would review the 1.6 million cases.
Can the Minister assure the House that PIP assessments will take into account the full range of symptoms and factors affecting mental health, especially those symptoms that we cannot see that present differently on different days, including due to bipolar disorder, depression and phobias?” – Luciana Berger