*MM v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Social security – Disablement benefit. The Inner House of the Court of Session had made a direction in respect of determining whether a claimant for personal independence payment under the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 had needed 'prompting' or had needed 'social support' to be able to engage with other people face-to-face, so as to attract greater weight in his assessment of needs. The Supreme Court, partly allowing the Secretary of State's appeal, held that what had brought the claimant into the category of requiring social support rather than that of prompting was that, to be able to engage with others, he needed that support to come from someone trained or experienced in assisting people to engage in social situations and, further, that that support was not limited to cases where the claimant had needed social support actually during the face-to-face engagement.

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