PIP 20 Metre Legal Challenge Fails

Same Difference

The Court of Appeal have rejected the appeal in Sumpter vs Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. This was an appeal against last year’s High Court ruling rejecting a judicial review challenge to the fairness of the Government’s consultation process on the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 20 metre eligibility criteria.

Under PIP you can get an enhanced mobility component if you are only able to move up to 20 metres aided or unaided. Previously, under Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the equivalent higher mobility award was given to those who could only manage to walk up to 50 metres.

The Court of Appeal found that the PIP consultation had been conducted fairly, if not exactly flawlessly and upheld the earlier High Court decision.

“The reality was that consultees such as Mr Sumpter had every opportunity to present to the Respondent the difficulties that the move from…

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