Bristol Law Centre Gets 95% of ‘Fit-To-Work’ Decisions Overturned




From BBC News.


More than nine out of ten “fit-to-work” appeals handled by volunteers at a Bristol law centre found claimants were wrongly told they had to work.

Working under supervision, the trainee law students helped with the paperwork many people found too complicated.

The Avon and Bristol Law Centre found in the past year 95 of the 100 cases were overturned. Nationally it is 59%.

The Department for Work and Pensions said anyone who disagreed with a decision is eligible to make an appeal.

‘Long and complex’

“Our reforms are helping people into work while making sure sick and disabled people get the support they need,” a DWP spokesman said.

Decisions for eligibility to Employment and Support Allowance are based on an assessment of the impact of an individual’s disability or health condition that takes into account all of the evidence provided.”


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