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When is an Aid an Aid?

Posted on 14 February, 2017 at 5:25 Comments comments (6)

The Upper Tribunal has had to deal with a plethora of appeals asking whether certain things are ‘aids’ or not for the purposes of the Personal Independence Payment descriptors. Is a chair an aid if it is used to dress? Are slip on shoes an aid if the individual cannot bend to tie laces? Is the floor an aid if the individual has to lie down to dress?

 

The general consensus appears to be that if an aid is something that is ordinarily used, even if it is one of a nu...

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ESA and PIP Tests and Dizziness / Vertigo

Posted on 23 August, 2016 at 10:05 Comments comments (5)

Surprisingly, there is little to no legal authority for the proposition that dizziness and vertigo type symptoms affect the tests for PIP and ESA.

For example, the (physical) mobility test for ESA and PIP are somewhat the same in that they ask – How far can the Claimant mobilise without the aid of another person, but with any other aids the Claimant might reasonably be expected to use.

A Claimant suffering from severe vertigo may say they cannot mobilise due to the sp...

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Are Deductions Fair at the ET?

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In employment law the principle of deducting a financial amount from a successful employee’s compensation for unfair dismissal, is deep rooted and has become a normal part of proceedings.

Briefly, the Tribunal may make a deduction from the gross remedy amount in any of three circumstances:

1) In accordance with s.122 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 – A Tribunal may have regard to the amount it finds the employee’s actions ‘contributed’...

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