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Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living

Brits with mental health problems TWICE as likely to lose up to £140 a week in benefits

Date: 23/1/2019
Summary: BRITS with mental health problems are TWICE as likely to lose up to £140 a week in benefits, a study has revealed.

Research has shown that people who had issues such as depression, anxiety or ADHD are at a greater risk of having their help cut than those with physical problems.

More than 370,000 people with health problems switched over from DLA to Personal Independence Payments between 2013 and 2016.

York University studied the data and found: "Overall, claimants with a psychiatric condition were 2.4 times more likely than a claimant with a non-psychiatric condition to have their existing DLA entitlement removed following a PIP eligibility assessment."

They found that almost a third of the people with a psychiatric condition had their DLA taken away, compared to 16.4 per cent of people with diabetes, a neurological or musculoskeletal condition.

Approximately 40 per cent of people with ADHD had their claims thrown out along with 32 per cent of people with behavioural disorders.

"The findings suggest that in general, the number of claims disallowed following a PIP eligibility assessment is elevated for psychiatric conditions compared to non-psychiatric conditions, with variations by type of mental illness," the study said.

Theresa May has promised to make sure that people with mental health problems are treated as seriously as those with physical illnesses - and has appointed a suicide minister to help tackle problems.

Dr Jed Boardman, a spokesman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an expert on welfare and mental health, said: "A benefits system that discriminates against people with mental ill health should not be tolerated."

Source: The Sun

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