PARITY HISTORY – Winter Fuel Allowances

Legal Action:

Two years later, CESPA backed a similar case by member John Taylor on winter fuel payments, when again the ECJ ruled in 1999 that such provision had no direct connection with state pension age and was also in breach of the Directive(5).

Such legal applications were generally possible at that time at modest legal cost if they could be shown to be in the public interest, and some legal charges averted. This, of course, is no longer the case with subsequent changes in eligibility for legal aid.

Winter Fuel Payments Inequalities Case:

Outside the European Court of Justice for the Hearing Strasbourg – 8 July 1999

Dinah Rose – Barrister

John Taylor – CESPA

Philip Leach – Legal Director (Liberty)

David Lindsay – Legal Adviser (CESPA)

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