Landmark benefits judgment almost nobody’s talking about

The SKWAWKBOX

As the Daily Mirror announced yesterday, the ‘Upper Tribunal’ (UT) – the body that rules on the most serious benefits disputes – ruled against the government’s treatment of benefits claimants in its ‘mandatory reconsideration’ regime:

mirror cpag.pngSince 2013, if a claimant is denied benefits, s/he has to apply for a mandatory reconsideration (MR) – basically asking the same people who just denied the claim to think again – before an appeal against the decision can be made. According to the government’s procedure, the MR request has to be made within a month of the decision – so missing that deadline cuts off the applicant from the appeals process, denying justice to thousands of people.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) brought a legal challenge to the UT on behalf of two women with mental and physical health problems, who had missed the 1-month deadline – and won.

The UT said that…

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