Autistic man at a bus stop with a womanThe National Autistic Society is part of a legal case to challenge the Government’s changes to the criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Last year, the courts ruled that someone could qualify for PIP Mobility if they cannot plan or follow a journey without overwhelming psychological distress. 

The Government appealed the court’s ruling and at the same time introduced a new law which removed this level of distress as a factor in some parts of the criteria. As a result, claimants now need to prove that they cannot carry out a journey without another person or assistance.

We opposed the changes because we know that many autistic people can find it difficult to make new and unfamiliar journeys because it makes them very anxious. They might worry about the route, or unexpected changes. We are worried that the changes mean this isn’t properly being taken into account in the assessment. 

An individual with mental health problems is challenging the Government’s change, arguing that the new rules are discriminatory and unfair and should be reversed. We agree! And so have provided evidence to the courts on the impact of the changes on autistic adults.

The case will be heard in the High Court on 12 and 13 December. We are not yet sure when we will hear the outcome of the case, but we’ll keep you updated. 

Find out more about getting PIP following the changes.

If you would like advice about claiming PIP, you can contact our Autism Helpline.