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TOPIC: PIP - legal texts / publications

PIP - legal texts / publications 5 months 2 weeks ago #170784

I am looking for recommendations of publications that contain the law relating to PIP as well as commentary and analysis which include citations of legal authorities.

For years, there has been "CPAG’s Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Legislation [year]" which I know from years gone by was (and presumably still is) excellent. I am looking for the PIP equivalent if one is available.

For clarity, I am NOT looking for the DWP's Assessment Guide or any other publication that is purely guidance / policy / procedure based.

For the mods, please don't worry about whether such texts will be OTT; I know from a former life how dense the law can be and it is that level I am looking for. Any help would be appreciated.
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PIP - legal texts / publications 5 months 2 weeks ago #170804

  • Gordon
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The problem with printed material is that it is inherently out of date, that said have a look at CPAG's Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2016/17, I'm not aware of a guide that just covers PIP.

Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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PIP - legal texts / publications 5 months 1 week ago #170861

Thanks Gordon. I appreciate the heads up about legal texts being out of date pretty much as soon as they are printed. Suffice to say, that's not unfamiliar territory... :) I will look into the publication you have suggested.
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PIP - legal texts / publications 5 months 1 week ago #170907

Hi Kevin

From what I read about a trainee lawyer who suffered from bipolar disorder and other people in the legal profession, the actual law regarding pips is relatively straight forward. However the DWP is not following the process as in sticking to the law and basically behaves how they like
hoping they never have to answer for it. Just to make sure they never have to answer for it
they have withdrawn legal aid from fighting welfare and pips cases.

I am meeting a solicitor on Thursday to get further clarification on this. Though my main understanding is if you can prove you fit a prescript or and have medical evidence to prove in law that this is beyond doubt and the DWP cannot prove otherwise, then the law is on your side. This is for each prescriptor. There is no need for legal argument regarding the meaning of things like
How Far can a person walk when there is selection of boxes to choose if you can prove it.
HOWEVER : It does not matter what you say to the DWP about law if they will not budge then its up to us to enforce it by either law or by appealing at a tribunal. Months of letter writing and raging facts with them in my own case has proved to be totally useless other than one minor concession.

With regard to publications I believe there is a legal guide for pips and with regular updates every year. I cannot remember the website i saw it on, think it was legal advice site, will have to search google. The book refers to the law regarding to pips law.

Good Luck
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PIP - legal texts / publications 5 months 1 week ago #170925

Rightsnet have just produced this site


Hope it helps bill
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