In re Woodling; Woodling v Secretary of State for Social Services: HL 1984

The question of law was whether cooking meals was ‘attention in connection with bodily functions’ for the purpose of attendance allowance.
Held: Though courts are willing to give ‘bodily functions’ a fairly wide meaning, it did not include the performance of domestic tasks like cooking. The service in question must be directed primarily to those bodily functions of the dependent person ‘which the fit person normally performs for himself.’
References: [1984] 1 WLR 348, [1984] 1 All ER 593
Judges: Lord Bridge of Harwich
Jurisdiction: England and Wales
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This case is cited by:

  • Cited – Moyna v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions HL 31-Jul-2003
    The appellant had applied for and been refused disability living allowance on the basis of being able to carry out certain cooking tasks.
    Held: The purpose of the ‘cooking test’ is not to ascertain whether the applicant can survive, or enjoy a . .
    ([2003] 4 All ER 162, (2003) 73 BMLR 201, , [2003] UKHL 44, , Times 11-Aug-03, [2003] 1 WLR 1929)
  • Cited – Cockburn v Chief Adjudication Officer and Another and Secretary of State for Social Services v Fairey HL 21-May-1997
    The provision of an interpreter for a deaf person was included in range of care needed for attendance for Disability Living Allowance. Dealing with his soiled laundry was not so included: ‘In my opinion it is not enough to ask whether the act in . .
    (Gazette 18-Jun-97, Times 26-May-97, Times 20-Mar-97, , , [1997] UKHL 18, [1997] 3 All ER 844, [1997] 1 WLR 799)
  • Cited – Cart v The Upper Tribunal SC 21-Jun-2011
    Limitations to Judicial Reviw of Upper Tribunal
    Three claimants sought to challenge decisions of various Upper Tribunals by way of judicial review. In each case the request for judicial review had been first refused on the basis that having been explicitly designated as higher courts, the proper . .
    (, [2011] UKSC 28, , , , UKSC 2010/0176, [2011] PTSR 1053, [2011] 3 WLR 107, [2011] STI 1943, [2012] 1 AC 663, [2011] 4 All ER 127, [2011] AACR 38, [2011] MHLR 196, [2012] 1 FLR 997, [2011] Imm AR 704, [2011] STC 1659, [2012] Fam Law 398)

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Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.185430