The National Autistic Society reports on the court ruling that Government changes to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment made earlier this year were discriminatory towards people who experienced psychological distress in planning and following a journey. Many autistic people can find it difficult to make new and unfamiliar journeys because it makes them very anxious and may need to mitigate this by for example taking a taxi.
Sarah Lambert, The National Autistic Society’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs who gave evidence to the court, said:
“We opposed the changes the Government made earlier this year, which removed psychological distress as a factor in assessing eligibility for mobility payments and we gave evidence in this case, because we knew how serious the impact of this change was on autistic adults. We will be watching carefully to see if the Government appeals, but we strongly urge them to think again and make sure that this crucial benefit is available for autistic adults.”
Date added: 23 January 2018