Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years.
Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime.
Three top judges today ruled a one-month time limit on appealing against a benefits decision is unlawful.
Instead the judges said the time limit should be 13 months after someone’s benefits are rejected.
The Upper Tribunal, which rules in the most serious benefit disputes and includes a High Court judge on its panel, said its decision is likely to affect “many thousands” of cases “at the very least”.
Carla Clarke of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which brought the legal challenge, said the result was “fantastic”.
She added: “It stands to provide justice for significant numbers of families wrongly denied the financial help to which they are entitled.”
CPAG brought the case on behalf of two women with serious mental and other health issues.
They were both denied the disability benefit Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after meeting a disability assessor.