Jardine celebrates DWP win

Christine joined constituent Alexandra Mitchell, to celebrate her retaining her mobility car, following a long battle with the Department of Work and Pensions.

By Christine Jardine, Aug 30, 2018 12:08

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, joined constituent Alexandra Mitchell, to celebrate her retaining her mobility car, following a long battle with the Department of Work and Pensions.

Mrs Mitchell approached Ms Jardine in May, after she discovered that she would lose the mobility car she depends on, following her Personal Independence Payment assessment.


Mrs Mitchell is unable to walk without heavy metal callipers and needs her car to attend appointments or go to the shops.
Her PIP assessor erroneously claimed she walks with “a good gait” and that if she could complete the assessment she didn’t need the car.


Ms Jardine challenged the DWP and raised Mrs Mitchell’s case in Parliament on the 2nd of July, calling on the Government to investigate the errors that new PIP assessments are creating.


On Friday, following correspondence with the DWP and Ministers, the DWP advises that it would no longer be removing Mrs Mitchell’s car.


Ms Jardine said: ““I was disgusted when I heard Mrs Mitchell case. It was clear to me that she needs her mobility car and that the assessment she was required to undertake was flawed.


“Many people are suffering at the hands of the new PIP assessment and it’s time the Government realised it’s failing.


“I raised her case in Parliament in July and found the Governments response completely unacceptable – that PIP was working for some people, so it must be fine.


“I will continue to fight the Government over the new assessment and protect constituents like Mrs Mitchell from terrible decision making that will have huge impacts on peoples lives”

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