Disability Benefits

Advisor Says 30 Local Claimants With Terminal Cancer Had PIP Rejections Overturned

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A welfare rights advisor has described how at least 30 local benefit claimants with terminal cancer have had their claims rejected in the last year, with every one of the decisions later overturned by an appeal tribunal. In every case, the claimant has been terminally-ill […]

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” test. DWP announced last month, on the eve of the Conservative party conference in […]

Motability’s Tyre Policy ‘Risks Safety Of Customers’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Motability car scheme has been accused of risking the safety of its disabled customers, by refusing to replace their tyres until they are only just above the legal minimum tread depth. Disabled campaigner Ian Jones, one of the founders of the WOW petition, said that the […]

What It’s Like To Transition On To Universal Credit

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By Peter Dwyer and Sharon Wright in The Conversation.   Originally designed with the intention of “making work pay” by smoothing out transitions between paid work and welfare, Universal Credit is now being widely criticised for failing to deliver on its promises. Despite calls by a group of Conservative MPs for the next phase of the welfare […]

Are PIP And ESA Assessments Working Well ?

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    From www.parliament.uk.   The Work and Pensions Committee launches a new inquiry on how the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are handled by Department for Work and Pensions contractors ATOS, Capita and Maximus, and how the application, assessment and appeals processes for these two benefits are working. Disparity between […]

PIP Investigation: Welfare Expert Says Two-Thirds Of Appeals Involve Lying Assessors

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment reports. Last week, the two-month investigation revealed how assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita […]

Disgraced PIP Assessor Escapes Being Struck Off

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disgraced former disability assessor and paramedic has avoided being struck off, despite a tribunal concluding that he made offensive remarks about disabled benefit claimants. Alan Barham was sacked by the government outsourcing giant Capita last year after being exposed by an undercover reporter working for […]

PIP: The Truth Is Out

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  By Mik Scarlet in HUFFPOST.   On April 2013 the government introduced the Personal Independence Payment, a new so called “disability benefit” which would replace Disability Living Allowance. DLA itself was introduced in 1992, when the existing Mobility Allowance, which helped disabled people with the financial cost of getting around, and Attendance Allowance, designed to […]

MPs To Hear Evidence On ‘Troubled’ Universal Credit Roll-Out

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  By Welfare Weekly.   MPs will today (Wednesday, 13th September 2017) hear evidence from food banks, housing groups, and others, on how the roll-out of Universal Credit is progressing and which elements of the new benefits system still require improvement. Universal Credit is replacing a number of existing social security benefits and tax credits […]

DWP Spends £39m Defending Decisions To Strip Benefits From Sick And Disabled People

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  By Daniel Kraemer and Harriet Agerholm in The Independent.   Ministers have spent almost £40m in an “appalling” attempt to stop sick and disabled people receiving the financial help they are entitled to, The Independent can reveal. Freedom of Information requests have exposed how taxpayers’ money has been spent on futile legal battles to prevent vulnerable people receiving […]

Government Agrees To Review ‘Discriminatory’ Blue Badge Guidance

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has agreed to review “discriminatory” guidance that has made it almost impossible for many disabled people whose mobility is affected by mental health conditions or autism to secure a blue parking badge. The pledge follows a legal challenge from a disabled person who […]

Disabled People’s Right To An Independent Life Being Eroded By Cuts, Equalities Commission Warns

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    By Jack Sommers in The Huffington Post.   Disabled people’s ability to live independent lives has been eroded by years of cuts to social care and payments, a leading human rights body has warned. Changes to benefits and care under austerity have led to the disabled being “increasingly marginalised and shut out of […]

Disability Campaigners From Britain Tell The United Nations The Government Has Betrayed People In The UK

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    By Ben Glaze in The Mirror on 21 August 2017.   United Nations officials will hear evidence of how British ministers are breaching disabled people’s rights today. The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is investigating the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. […]

“Never Give Up”: Disabled Teacher Scores Victory Over ME/CFS Discrimination In The U.K.

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  Pike’s story from Health Rising.   The Brown Envelope I recently received the dreaded brown Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) envelope. Fully expecting yet more bad news, I tore open the envelope, ready to rip up the letter and fling it in the bin. The letter informed me that in light of my […]

Jobcentre Staff Criticised For ‘Alarming Lack Of Confidence’ With Disabled People

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    By John Vale in Care Appointments.   Staff at Jobcentres have an “alarming” lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not “shoehorned” back into work […]

MPs Urge Government To Delay Universal Credit Rollout

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  By Rowena Mason in The Guardian.   MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship. David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, has been urged by 30 Labour MPs, and the Green party MP Caroline Lucas, to delay the expansion of the new universal credit benefit […]

Thousands Of Benefit Claimants Win Legal Victory Over Tory Government’s Welfare Appeals Regime

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years. Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime. Three top judges today ruled a one-month […]

My PIP Diary Part Four – The Stacked Deck

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  By Mik Scarlet in The Huffington Post.   I called the first entry in my PIP diary The Saga Begins. I had no idea how prophetic that would be. What I expected to be a fairly straight forward enterprise has turned into a nightmare. Surely as someone with a fairly static impairment that will never […]

Employment Issues, Finances And ESA – Scope

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    From The Scope website.   Get advice and tips on employment and disability, jobseeking, financial issues and ESA benefits. Do you have questions about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)? Are you looking for advice about working and budgeting as a disabled person, about housing benefits or claiming carer’s allowance? Ask our community by […]

PIP Reassessments Cause More Than Half DLA Claimants To Lose Motability Rights

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of those disabled people previously eligible for the Motability vehicle scheme have lost that eligibility after being reassessed for the government’s new disability benefit, according to a freedom of information response. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures show fewer than half […]

Government Fails To Deliver £4 bn Savings After Cutting Disability Benefit, New Analysis Shows

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  By Shehab Khan in The Independent.     The Government has failed to deliver the £4bn of savings it was expecting to make after cutting disability benefit, according to new analysis. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the Government was hoping to cut spending by 20 per cent by moving from the Disability […]

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