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23 April 2019

Using the law to address unfair systems: a case study of the Personal Independence Payments legal challenge

Dr Lisa Vanhala and Dr Jacqui Kinghan, UCL
In-depth exploration of the successful legal challenge to the DWP's discriminatory changes to the Personal Independence Payments led by the Public Law Project and others at the end of 2017.
Strengthening Civil Society

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This research offers an in-depth exploration of the litigation process in a successful case brought by claimant ‘RF’ and led by the Public Law Project (PLP) to challenge the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP’s) discriminatory changes to a disability benefit known as PIP (personal independence payments) at the end of 2017.

This landmark legal challenge changed the assessment criteria for PIPs for thousands of people on disability benefits.

It was supported by a number of civil society organisations, including Mind, Inclusion London, Revolving Doors, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Disability Rights and the National Autistic Society, and also the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The research, conducted by Dr Lisa Vanhala and Dr Jacqui Kinghan of University College London, identifies strategic lessons for third sector organisations that use public law to challenge unfair systems, for lawyers working with vulnerable claimants and also for funders seeking to support this work.

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