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15 May 2019

Janet Morrison: Strategic litigation can be a useful tool

Janet Morrison
The Foundation's Chair draws out her lessons for campaigners from the challenge to the PIP regulations led by the Public Law Project and other charities
Strengthening Civil Society

At the end of 2017, a courageous individual – known in the case as RF – took the decision to take the Department for Work and Pensions to court over changes to personal independence payment regulations. The case was led by lawyers at the Public Law Project and supported by a number of charities, including Mind, Inclusion London, Revolving Doors, Disabled People Against Cuts, Disability Rights and the National Autistic Society.

RF won and the DWP announced that it would review the entitlements for 1.6 million benefit claimants, with about 220,000 people expected to receive more money.

Academics from UCL conducted a thoughtful analysis of the litigation process published in this report. The Foundation’s Chair wrote a blog for Third Sector on what campaigning organisations seeking systemic change for vulnerable groups might take away from the conduct and outcome of this case.

You can view her blog here.