- Court of Appeal applies eligibility criteria for PIP (Hickey v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions)
- What are the practical implications of the judgment?
- What was the background to the case?
- What did the court decide?
Local Government analysis: Sally Robertson, barrister, at Cloisters, examines the Court of Appeal’s decision in Hickey v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which the Court of Appeal rejected the appellant’s argument that she would have qualified for a personal independence payment (PIP) under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 if the respondent had correctly assessed her ability to carry out daily living activities—in particular, her ability to engage with other people face to face. The court also took the opportunity to restate the principles governing the settling and amendment of grounds of appeal for both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
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