June 18th, 2015
The Surrey Disabled People's Partnership ( SDPP) recently reported on a High Court decision which says that the UK Government acted unreasonably and unlawfully in failing to award Personal Independence Payment(PIP) to disabled claimants within a reasonable timescale.
In their press release SDPP say -
Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Public Law team brought a judicial review on behalf of two clients affected by PIP delays. The two claimants had to wait 13 months and 10 months for a decision on their claims. Mrs Justice Patterson ruled that, in both cases, the delay was unlawful.
Following the decision the legal team at Irwin Mitchell is now calling on the DWP to "seriously reconsider its planned wider rollout of PIP to nearly 1.5 million DLA recipients in October and also establish an effective scheme to ensure the thousands of people already affected by the delays receive some form of redress for the problems they have faced, without needing to go to court."
When the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) introduced the new disability benefit, their estimation was that the PIP claiming process would take two and a half months although recent figures show that 12,600 claimants are still waiting for a decision over seven months after they applied and 3,200 claimants have been waiting for more than a year.
Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership (SDPP) who have supported hundreds of disabled people through the PIP application process, since its introduction, know that the average wait for a decision is between six and ten months in Surrey.
Commenting on today’s High Court decision, Clive Wood – Chief Executive for Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership said
“We welcome this High Court decision. Hundreds of disabled people across Surrey are waiting for an unreasonable period of time for a decision on their PIP claim; PIP is there to enable disabled people to cover the additional costs of living with an impairment. The DWP need to put a halt to rolling out PIP further, including in Surrey, until they can have a more efficient and speeder decision making process in place”.
SDPP Press Release 5th June 2015