NAWRA has been liaising with a firm of solicitors talking about possible ways to take judicial review action on various aspects of Universal Credit. They are very interested in taking challenges on working disabled people and the self-employed – they are already taking a challenge on behalf of claimants losing the SDP.
They remain keen to hear about clients who have lost out moving to UC who are either –
• a working disabled person moving from WTC to UC and losing money due to loss of the disabled worker element;
• a self-employed person who is losing out because of irregular income and so gets less UC than an employed person earning a similar amount, or other self-employed people losing out under UC.
NAWRA are also widening their search for potential UC judicial review claimants to people in the following circumstances:
1. Claimants who are naturally migrating from ESA – failure to pay the LCW/LCWRA element straight away
2. The application of waiting days when they shouldn’t be applied as claimant was on legacy benefits before migrating
3. Submission of a DS1500 by a third party and a refusal to accept without explicit consent
If you have a client who is affected and would consider taking part in a legal challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org