The DWP has been forced to amend its earlier guidance issued to local authorities in the A3 HB circular of 2017 with an updated version today that contains a very begrudged apology
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused BUT …”
I reported on this here on 2 March 2017 and said the DWP were misleading local councils by limiting the Supreme Court decision in Carmichael to just those with a PHYSICAL disability which the hastily screen copied section of my post below sums up
As you can see the regulations on the left say just ‘disability’ yet the guidance issued to decision makers in local councils on the right above says and repeats the term PHYSICAL disability only. The DWP were deliberately deceiving local council HB decision makers.
Today the DWP re-issued the A3/2017 HB circular guidance to local councils (here) and, lo and behold, the word PHYSICAL appears nowhere in its 18 pages of guidance to local council decision-makers!!