Irwin Mitchell's Public Law Team is getting behind disabled people in challenging The Secretary of State's change in eligibility criteria which affects hundreds of thousands of disabled people.
As many will know, in regard to physical disability, the new criteria is that if you can walk 20 meters once, with walking aids, (but can't do it again), then you do not qualify for the enhanced mobility component of PIP. This means what exactly? that it is fair? that you only have slightly limited mobility? that your new downgraded disability and downgraded rate of mobility support isn;t just tokenism? None are true.
I like Irwin Mitchell's ethos, and try to keep an eye on the news items on their homepage. They have previously challenged aspects of PIP at least once before; and its thanks to them that a High Court judge deemed that upto year long delays in PIP decisions were actually unlawful .
I (personally) don;t think that this particular Court of Appeal hearing will be successful, but i have to hand it to Irwin Mitchell for giving a voice to disabled people where opposition bench politicians have failed to do so.