PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful, says High Court

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was “unlawful” but did not breach their human rights, the High Court has ruled.

The unnamed pair had said their nine-month waits for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) left them dependent on loan sharks and food banks.

The government said the rejection of their “absurd” human rights claim meant they were not entitled to compensation.

But the pair’s lawyers said the ruling showed “clear failings” in the scheme.

There are currently 78,700 people waiting to hear if they can claim PIP.

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