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First published:
14/06/2021

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DWP publishes mental health conditions for PIP back payments

DWP publishes mental health conditions for PIP back-payments

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) has published an updated list of mental health conditions that could help claimants gain backdated Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

What’s happened?

Many people with a mental health condition have not received the mobility component of their PIP. You should receive a mobility component of PIP if:

  • Your mental health condition means you need someone with you to make unfamiliar journeys.
  • Your mental health condition means you cannot make a journey at all.

The DWP is now reviewing all mobility component PIP claims and making payments to any claimants that have not received the money they are entitled to. These payments are known as ‘arrears’ or ‘backdated payments’.

How do I know if I am entitled to a backdated PIP payment?

The DWP is conducting a PIP arrears review (known as LEAP). If you or someone you care for meets one or more of the following measures, the DWP should automatically review your case and pay any PIP arrears owed.

The DWP should review your PIP claim if:

  • You receive PIP – this includes new and existing claims
  • You are entitled to the standard rate of PIP mobility:
    • You should receive this component if you need someone to help you make an unfamiliar journey or if you cannot make a journey at all.
  • You are entitled to the enhanced rate of PIP mobility:
    • You should receive this component if you cannot make a familiar journey without having someone with you to help

What mental health conditions are now considered for a PIP review?

The DWP has published an updated list of the mental health conditions they believe will most likely qualify you for a PIP mobility review. The conditions are:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety and depressive disorders (depression)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar affective disorder (Hypomania / Mania)
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Dementia
  • Depressive disorder
  • Learning disability
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress reaction disorders

If you are affected by a mental health condition not listed above, the DWP may still review your PIP claim.

If you believe you have not been receiving the mobility component of your PIP, you have the right to a mandatory review from the DWP – this is called ‘mandatory reconsideration’. If you have never applied for PIP but think your mental health condition means you are now eligible, you can read our PIP mental health guide.

What do I need to do to have my PIP claim reviewed?

  1. The DWP should write to you once they have automatically reviewed your claim, but this may take time.
  2. If you cannot wait, you can ask for a 'mandatory reconsideration’. Find out how to ask for a PIP mandatory reconsideration.

Where can I get more help?

You can learn more about PIP in our PIP mental health guide which explains everything you need to know from applying, to filling in the form and challenging a decision.

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