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Disability benefit tests, legal representation, and 40 years of the mobile phone

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 03 April 2013

We have the first interview with ATOS, the company behind controversial disability tests. Today the man in charge of the new Personal Independence Payment, PIP, tells Winifred how it will replace Disability Living Allowance.

A new book explains the ins and outs of representing yourself in court. The underpants test; what it can tell us about the economy. The world's biggest study into allergies and how it may help manufacturers and consumers in the future.

The family who have given up supermarkets; smug posturing or a realistic proposition, if you are worried about where your food comes from? It's 40 years since the first mobile phone call was made; how the device has changed us as consumers. John Lewis lose in row over warranty comparison site. SSE, the energy company, are fined £10.5m for mis-selling; how consumers can claim compensation.

  • Representing yourself in court - advice from The Bar Council

    On 1 April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force. It means that fewer people now have access to free legal representation than at any time since legal aid (state funding for legal advice and representation) was introduced. This means that if you have a legal problem there is now more chance that you will have to represent yourself.

    The Bar Council Guide

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