An article by John Pring of the Disability News Service
An activist has lost a bid to prove that a public consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for the new disability benefit was unlawful, but says the legal case has still exposed the government’s “callous disregard for disabled people”.
The court of appeal ruled this week that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had carried out a proper consultation on its plans to slash the qualifying distance for the higher rate of mobility support from 50 metres to just 20 metres.
Campaigner and blogger Mx Sumpter failed last year in a judicial review of the consultation process, but appealed that decision.
The appeal was heard in July this year, and this week the court of appeal ruled that DWP’s consultation was not unfair or unlawful.
Sumpter, who can only walk a few metres with a stick, and otherwise uses a wheelchair, was assessed as eligible for the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA), and uses that to lease a car through the Motability scheme.
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