Legal Challenge to Welfare Reforms. Will Others Follow?
The Legal Challenge to Welfare Reform is in the news today.
The BBC says, “A group representing 270 disability charities is launching legal action to obtain a judicial review of the government’s plans for welfare changes.
Ministers want to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment, saving £2bn.
But Disability Alliance said ministers had not properly assessed the negative impact of the changes and that they did not comply with the Equality Act.”
The Disability Alliance reports,
You may have heard that Disability Alliance might be taking legal action against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over some Government welfare plans. Our legal advisors, Unity Law, have examined Government plans and believe there is a very credible case.
Disability Alliance is especially concerned over plans to abolish Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working age people (defined as 16-64 years of age by DWP) and introduce a new benefit (Personal Independence Payment – PIP) which will have a £2.17 billion lower budget by 2015. PIP will not provide an equivalent level of support for the 652,000 disabled people currently receiving low rate care DLA payments. More Here.
Launchpad gives some background concerns,
on benefit ‘reform’, the first ESA appeals were received in January 2009. Since that time, up to April of each year, there have been:
1,300 ESA appeals lodged in 2008-09
126,800 ESA appeals lodged in 2009-10
197,400 ESA appeals lodged in 2010-11
50,100 mental health claimants appealed and 21,200 were successful, giving a 42% chance of success on appeal.That would seem to indicate something very,very amiss with the atos assessments.
The tribunals service is creaking under this level of demand,but once appeals from newly reassessed IB benefit claimants who’ve not secured ESA really come through, then the system will be overwhelmed (and yet legal aid for welfare benefits advice is being axed..) leaving many in straitened limbo…Here.
Will the Unemployed be able to challenge the Mandatory Work Activity?
The Work Programme site gives grounds to think so – here.