In the last few years mental health has risen up the political agenda, but we need to keep putting pressure on the Government to ensure the rights of people severely affected by mental illness are respected. We wanted to share a few of our successes with you below, if you'd like to get in touch with us about any of our campaigns, please email us on email@example.com
Campaign Win on Personal Independence Payments
Thanks to thousands of campaigners taking action on PIP, earlier this year the Government announced that they will not be challenging a court ruling from December which deemed last year’s changes to PIP as ‘blatantly discriminatory’ towards people with mental illness. This is a huge victory! It means that up to 164,000 people should receive a higher rate of PIP, which they are rightly entitled to. The decision to backdate these payments will restore the sense of independence to all those from which it was taken. We want to thank everyone that campaigned with us to Protect PIP.
For more information on how the changes may affect you, please refer to our FAQS.
Government to review Mental Health Act
A review of the Mental Health Act was announced in the Autumn. This is big news.
The Mental Health Act regulates how people are detained and treated if they pose a threat to themselves or others. We’ve been putting pressure on the Government to improve the Act, so this means we have a chance of making sure that it works to fully protect the rights of anyone being treated under it.
The Independent Review is now underway and a great first step, but now we need MPs to commit to reform the Mental Health Act.
Email your MP today.
A Place to Call Home
The Government announced that it will no longer be capping Housing Benefit for supported housing. This is a huge win for Rethink Mental Illness as we’ve been campaigning on this issue for the last 18 months. Yet we know more work is needed.
The Government have proposed to largely maintain the status quo for long-term supported housing (where residents stay for over two years), and devolve all funding to local authorities for short-term supported housing (under two years). We have serious concerns about their plans for short-term supported housing as it could leave thousands of people unsure about the future of their homes and those who are desperately waiting for a place even less likely to find one.
Email the Minister Healther Wheeler to stop this.