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BREAKING: High Court rules Government acted 'unlawfully' in Universal Credit case

Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Posts: 705Member Pioneering
Another win for the disabled over SDP premiums.

The Government acted 'unlawfully' in denying two men a 'top up' on their Universal Credit claim to account for their severe disability.

A judge in London, who was told during a hearing in May that the men have been left unable to meet many of their basic needs, handed down his judgement this morning.

See full story https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-high-court-challenge-universal-12703856


Well done to all involved in bringing this case to trial.


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"This must not be allowed to happen"

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a contract notice announcing its plans for a £3.1billion revamp of heath checks for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and other benefits.

PIP is not ESA or even UC, having one assessment for those benefits is morally wrong to treat them as ONE size fits all with that one assessment.

Latest update 9th May 2019

DWP confirms single assessment plans, despite Tomlinson confusion

The government has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with plans to test how it might be able to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite comments from a minister that appeared to suggest that no such plans were being discussed.

But DWP has now made it clear to Disability News Service that testing of a single assessment will be going ahead.

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  • wilkowilko Posts: 1,582Member Pioneering
    It's a great result, but to be fair to DWP they where most likely applying the law as they interpreted it to be so hence the court case and judgement. But the DWP if in doubt should have got their legal team advisors to have checked  the correct interpretation, applecation of this rule of law.
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Posts: 705Member Pioneering
    @wilko
    Will see...



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    "This must not be allowed to happen"

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a contract notice announcing its plans for a £3.1billion revamp of heath checks for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and other benefits.

    PIP is not ESA or even UC, having one assessment for those benefits is morally wrong to treat them as ONE size fits all with that one assessment.

    Latest update 9th May 2019

    DWP confirms single assessment plans, despite Tomlinson confusion

    The government has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with plans to test how it might be able to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite comments from a minister that appeared to suggest that no such plans were being discussed.

    But DWP has now made it clear to Disability News Service that testing of a single assessment will be going ahead.

  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Posts: 705Member Pioneering
    Update on getting compensation for the two disabled men.



    WORK and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey must pay damages to two severely disabled men who lost £170 a month when they were moved onto universal credit (UC).

    The pair will be paid a total of just over £11,000 to compensate their financial losses and the resultant “mental suffering, distress, anxiety, humiliation and disruption to life,” the High Court heard today.

    Last month, the High Court ruled that the two men were unlawfully discriminated against as they were moved onto UC simply because they moved between local authority areas. 

    See full story here https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/universal-credit-claimants-unlawfully-discriminated-against-win-five-figure-damages


    ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

    "This must not be allowed to happen"

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a contract notice announcing its plans for a £3.1billion revamp of heath checks for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and other benefits.

    PIP is not ESA or even UC, having one assessment for those benefits is morally wrong to treat them as ONE size fits all with that one assessment.

    Latest update 9th May 2019

    DWP confirms single assessment plans, despite Tomlinson confusion

    The government has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with plans to test how it might be able to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite comments from a minister that appeared to suggest that no such plans were being discussed.

    But DWP has now made it clear to Disability News Service that testing of a single assessment will be going ahead.

  • Billylynn4668Billylynn4668 Posts: 8Member Listener
    Well done to them but all the hardship they went through they deserve it I think that is going to happen more with all the new rules around benefits as they leaving people without money for basics like food rent and heating so sad this is what this country has come to in 2018 people having to go. To court to get what they are due 
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