Delay in Personal Independence Payments declared unlawful

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Delay in Personal Independence Payments declared unlawful

Postby perseus » Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:16 am

Good news for those applying for PIP payments, this might give the government a kick up the bum!

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was "unlawful" but did not breach their human rights, the High Court has ruled. The unnamed pair had said their nine-month waits for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) left them dependent on loan sharks and food banks. The government said the rejection of their "absurd" human rights claim meant they were not entitled to compensation.......

Anne-Marie Irwin, the public lawyer leading the cases, said it was a "significant legal judgement".
She added: "Today's decision sends a clear message that the unacceptable delays faced by many people, may also be unlawful.
"While the decision is undoubtedly welcome and emphasises the clear failings seen with this scheme, attention must now turn to rethinking the planned wider rollout in October until reassurances can be provided that the delays seen in the past are not repeated in the future.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33020987
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