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High Court finds delays to Personal Independence Payments unlawful

DATE: 05 Jun 2015

[2015] EWHC 1607 (Admin); [2015] ACD 118

The case of R (C and W) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust intervening [2015] EWHC 1607 (Admin) concerned the delays in assessment for individuals claiming Personal Independence Payments on account of disability. 

The claim was brought on behalf of two individuals who had waited for 10 and 13 months respectively before they were assessed as entitled to PIP.  The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, Z2K a charity addressing poverty issues, intervened in support of the claim, with written and oral argument, and written evidence (including case studies considered by Patterson J in her judgment). Patterson J held that the delays were unlawful in relation to each of the two claimants, but found no breaches of the Claimants’ human rights under Article 6 or Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the ECHR.

Zoe Leventhal and Alistair Mills appeared on behalf of Z2K, the intervener, instructed by Leigh Day & Co.