YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
Another group of claimants has secured legal support to challenge the last-minute change to the personal independence payment (PIP) regulations which deny enhanced rate mobility to anyone who can stand and move more than 20 metres.
They will be arguing that the failure to consult about the reduction of the limit from 50 metres to 20 metres means that the change is unlawful and should thus be quashed. If successful it would be a bigger blow to the government than today’s forced labour ruling. The result would be that the DWP would be obliged to consult all over again on the changes before they can be introduced. In the end they can still ignore the results of a new consultation, but they will face a very determined battle and will have no opportunity to claim that disability organisations supported the changes.
At the very least it would set the introduction of PIP back months. At best it could even result in a fairer set of rules for the mobility component.
But the campaigners desperately need claimants who fit very tightly defined criteria to come forward to be the ones who actually challenge the DWP.
In order to bring the case, assisted by Leigh Day solicitors and barristers from Doughty Street Chambers, they need claimants:
Who are eligible for legal aid – check your eligibility here (external site)
Who currently have a DLA award including Higher Rate Mobility component
Whose DLA award is NOT due to expire until after October 2013
Who, on re-assessment under PIP, whenever that occurs, are at risk of losing out on the enhanced mobility component of PIP because they can walk over 20 metres or so but cannot walk up to 50 metres.
Who do NOT have any difficulty planning or following a journey (eg due to mental health, cognitive or sensory impairment).
There are other criteria which are desirable rather than essential, which you can read about on the blog (external site) of highly respected and experienced ‘We Are Spartacus’ campaigner Jane Young.
If you think you fit the criteria and are willing to take part, please contact Jane via her contact form as soon as possible, time is very short.