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Supreme Court case on Activity 9 - your help needed



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The Supreme Court is set to hear the Scottish case [2017] CSIH 57 about social support on 9 April 2019.

MIND are intervening and are looking to put together evidence to support the case - see below - if you can help do get in touch with Michael - the more evidence they have the better.

Can you share your experience of PIP activity 9 (engaging with other people face-to-face)?

We are looking to get involved in a case in the Supreme Court in April this year that will consider how people are awarded points for this activity – in particular, what is ‘social support’ and how is it different to ‘prompting’?

We know that many people with mental health problems struggle to engage socially and this case could make a difference to whether thousands of people with mental health problems get the right support from the benefits system.

We are looking to speak to advisors who support people with mental health problems and who have experience with this activity. We would like to know:

- What tends to be the biggest difference between people who successfully score points under ‘Activity 9: Engaging with other people face to face’ and people who don’t?
- What tends to be the biggest difference between people who meet the threshold for needing social support (4 points) versus people who meet the threshold for prompting (2 points)?
- How easy or difficult is it for people with mental health problems to be awarded 4 points?

We are also keen to speak to individuals whose mental health problems make engaging socially with other people difficult, or people that support them whether or not they receive PIP. Some of the questions we’re particularly interested in getting your views on are:

- What kind of help or support do you need or provide to socialise with others?
- How much of a difference does it make who provides the help or support?
- What kind of training or experience does someone need to provide effective help or support?

To share your views and find out more about the case please get in touch with the head of our legal team, Michael Henson-Webb on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).