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Appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Appeals Tribunal

We recently acted for a parent, who was appealing to the Social Security and Child Support Appeals Tribunal, on behalf of her severely disabled daughter. Our client was challenging the decision of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) to award her daughter, in respect of her Personal Independence Payments, the standard rather than enhanced rate of mobility award.

Our client’s daughter was the subject of a Learning Disability Assessment (“LDA”) and was attending a residential college, funded by her Local Authority. She was diagnosed with autism, severe learning difficulties and epilepsy. The DWP claimed that our client’s daughter could independently undertake a journey unassisted which was in stark contradiction to the difficulties faced by our client’s daughter, as outlined in her daughter’s LDA. We obtained independent expert evidence from a number of professionals, all of whom strongly agreed with the difficulties faced by our client’s daughter, and of the contents of her LDA.

Our client’s appeal was successful in reversing the DWP’s decision and allowing our client’s daughter to access the higher rate of funding. This extra funding will ensure that our client’s daughter is able to live a more independent life.

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I wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again in the future, and will also happily recommend you to others requiring help.

Mrs Shaistah Siddiq-Zeidan, Exeter

I found the overall service extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient and sensitive with regard to my matter. I felt Match always kept me informed and abreast of procedures with legal explanation wherever necessary. arose I would have no hesitation in approaching Match again and would have pleasure in recommending their services to anyone in need of professional educational assistance.

Ms Noel, Middlesex

The service was first class and I was encouraged by the Solicitors sound knowledge of education law. Having a child with special needs is a challenge to any parent and the whole process of going to an educational tribunal can be quite daunting. Match Solicitors was able to get the job done professionally and to the highest standard and yet still retaining a very caring and human side which was very reassuring.

Mrs O Akagbosu, London