DP v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (PIP): [2017] UKUT 156 (AAC)

Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber decision by Judge Hemingway on 12 April 2017.

Read the full decision in CPIP/3730/2016.

Judicial Summary

If a claimant, in consequence of a physical or mental condition will without intervention select items of clothing which have become malodorous or which it has become unhygienic to continue to wear, he/she may score points under the descriptors linked to activity 6 (dressing and undressing) either because of a need for prompting or assistance to select appropriate clothing or because of an inability to dress to an acceptable standard.

It is appropriate to consider a claimant’s ability or otherwise to make complex budgeting decisions under the descriptors linked to activity 10 (Making budgeting decisions) even though that claimant may only be 16 or 17 years old.

A claimant who is impulsive may score points under the descriptors linked to activity 10 even if entirely capable of making all the sorts of decisions set out in the definition of “complex budgeting decisions” within Schedule 1 to the PIP Regulations if he may, nevertheless, then spend money it has been decided to pay bills with on something else.

Published 26 April 2017