I have recently been successful in representing a client at Universal Credit appeal hearing.
The client is paid monthly, and the appeal concerned two months’ pay being taken into consideration during one Assessment Period.
The client would clearly have benefitted from new Regulations post EWCA Civ 778, as she was left financially worse off as result of two months’ pay in one AP due to banking day shift (in this case Christmas).
The DWP argued that as these Regulations were not retrospective the appeal should not be allowed.
The Judge ruled in the claimants favour. Her reasoning was based on application of Johnson and the proper application of Reg 54.
The Judge also commented on benefit of having the additional evidence supplied by the claimant and her representative.