Disability Benefits

Newton Forced To Apologise After Misleading MPs In WOW Debate

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people has been forced to apologise to MPs after Disability News Service (DNS) caught her misleading MPs about support for disabled people for the fourth time in less than a year. The misleading comments by Sarah Newton about disability poverty came in […]

Amber Rudd Links Universal Credit To Rise In Food Bank Use

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  From BBC News.   Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit. The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the […]

DWP Refuses To Reveal Police Forces That Share Information On Disabled Protesters

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say which police forces have passed it video footage and other information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking and anti-austerity protests. DWP’s attempt to hide its links with police forces has caused […]

Universal Credit Claimants Are Being ‘Trapped In A Downward Spiral Of Debt And Hardship’

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By Nicola Slawson in Huffington Post.   Universal Credit claimants are left “swimming against a tide of unmanageable repayments” when they are forced to take loans ahead of their first payments, it has been claimed. The comments come as the government has responded to a damning report by the Work and Pensions select committee, which […]

Universal Credit Is An Unmitigated Catastrophe For Ill And Disabled People

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      Written by Kitty S Jones in Politics and Insights.    I co-run an online advice and support group for people going through Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims, assessments, mandatory reviews and appeals. Recently there has been a spike in people being reassessed for their awards of both kinds of […]

Rudd Has Not Delayed Roll Out Of Universal Credit, DWP Confirms

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The roll out of the government’s much-criticised universal credit benefit system has not been delayed and will proceed as planned, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Reports at the weekend suggested that new work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd had decided on a […]

Officials Fail To Collect Data On People Wanting To Apply Offline For Online-Only Universal Credit

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  By Simon Rushton in iNews.   Officials behind Universal Credit are being criticised for failing to track data on people who want to apply offline. Universal Credit is the government’s first digital-only service, and claimants must apply online for the Department of Work and Pensions benefit. But there worries that the system is excluding […]

UN Day Of Disabled People: Government Could Face Court Over Universal Credit

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government could be forced into court to defend its failure to make the much-criticised universal credit benefit system accessible to disabled people. A parliamentary meeting held to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on Monday – and to call for universal credit […]

Motability Charity Boss To Go After Extra Bonus Revealed

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    From BBC News.   The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The […]

DWP Admits Failing To Keep Track Of Disability Discrimination Claims By Its Own Staff

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. The government department responsible for running the Disability Confident employment scheme has admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints of disability discrimination are made by its own staff. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) repeatedly brags about its much-criticised scheme, which aims to help employers recruit […]

Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

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    By Rachel Wearmouth in The Huffington Post . ‘You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context,’ says former Paralympian. Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent”, campaigners say. New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) […]

UN Warns Of Damage To “The Fabric Of British Society” As The State Turns On Its People

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  By Jack Peat in The London Economic.   Drastic cuts to social support and welfare risk damaging the very fabric of British society, a UN report has today revealed. Concluding his 12-day visit to the country the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said the UK Government’s policies are […]

9 Tips To Guide You Through A PIP Benefit Application

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By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   We all know the anxiety inducing feeling of the dreaded brown envelope falling on your door mat. Being assessed, or reassessed for health and disability benefits, is both exhausting and scary. We are often made to feel we are faking it or exaggerating our symptoms. […]

Woman’s Fight To Stop Disabled People Travelling For Benefit Assessments

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  By Emily Hennings in This Is Local London.   Claudette Lawrence, 49, is an activist and campaigner who also suffers with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which can cause extreme mental and physical exhaustion. She has set up the petition because she has recently come into contact with a lot of people who are having problems when it […]

DWP Ignores Concerns From Disabled People Who Shun Activity Over Benefit Fraud Fears

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to offer a solution to disabled people who say they are fearful of taking more exercise in case they have their support cut or are branded benefit cheats. A new report by the disability sports organisation Activity […]

Trapped In PIPVILLE: Scrap 20m Rule Says MS Society

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by Katie Campbell in UNITE.   People with multiple sclerosis spent yesterday huddled outside Westminster in protest of the cruel PIP 20 metre rule before delivering a petition for the rule to be scrapped for Secretary of State for Work and pensions Esther McVey. The protesters spent the day trapped in PIPville, a fictional representation of the […]

Universal Credit Roll-Out Delayed – Again

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    By Katie Campbell in UNITE.   Leaked documents seen by the BBC have shown that the government will once again delay the rollout of Universal Credit, with Esther McVey saying that a “small amount of people – maybe 10,000” will be moved onto the system in 2019. Despite the government’s plans to have Universal Credit fully up-and-running […]

Esther McVey: Disabled People Will Get “Significantly More” On Universal Credit

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  by Katie Campbell in UNITE.   Esther McVey has told the BBC that one million disabled people will get “significantly more on Universal Credit,” despite previous evidence showing that disabled people face losing out on up to £4,000 every year under the new system. Speaking to the BBC yesterday, McVey admitted that the Tories have made some “tough […]

Almost Impossible To Get A Fair Pip Assessment

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  From The Guardian.   Ann Moore says the ‘health professionals’ often have little or no expertise in the medical condition or disability being assessed. Plus letters from Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty, and from disabled war pensioner Mo Stewart. I fully empathise and sympathise with the article about Andrew McDonald (Top former civil servant lambasts ‘hostile’ disability […]

Tory Conference: Charity’s Silence On Universal Credit Deaths, Hours After Minister Announces £51m Funding

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A charity has refused to criticise the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over four deaths linked to universal credit, hours after a minister announced it would receive tens of millions of pounds to support claimants on the new benefit system. Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey […]

Maximus Make “Jaw-Dropping” Profits From DWP Assessments

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  By Katie Campbell in UNITE.   US-based firm Maximus have reportedly made “jaw-dropping” profits from carrying out assessments for disability benefits on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, per an article in the Times. Maximus, who are based in Virginia, reported earnings at the Centre for Health and Disability Assessment doubled in the year from […]

Plans For New Scottish Disability Support Assessments Set Out

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  In BBC News.   Changes to the way assessments for disability support will be carried out under Scotland’s new social security agency have been announced at Holyrood. The new body is to take responsibility for a range of welfare benefits, including disability support. Ministers have set out plans for how assessments will be run […]

The UK’s General Medical Council Just Threw 250,000 Disabled People Under A Bus

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By Steve Topple in The Canary.   A response from the General Medical Council (GMC) to hundreds of complaints has effectively abandoned 250,000 disabled people. It also demonstrates the GMC’s contempt for the patients it’s supposed to protect. Moreover, in dismissing patient’s concerns, it’s whitewashed what one MP believes could be the “biggest medical scandal of the 21st century”. […]

DWP Figures Provide Fresh Evidence To Explain PIP Claim Rejections

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   New figures show that Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants are questioning only a tiny proportion of the benefit assessment reports written by discredited government contractors Atos and Capita. Campaigners have been trying for months to secure evidence that would explain why such a […]

Benefits Calculator

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  From Age UK.   What is the benefits calculator? Our personalised benefits calculator can tell you if you’re potentially entitled to claim extra money, based on the information you provide – such as whether you’re single/in a couple, where you live or if you care for anyone. It’s easy to use, quick, free and all […]

Esther McVey Loses In Court On Universal Credit – But Says She Will Still Fight Others

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  By Ros Wynne Jones in the Mirror.   The long waits for help under UC continue to drive impoverished families below the breadline. In May I wrote about the ­distressing case of two men – one dying and one disabled – fighting Esther McVey in the high court over cuts to their support due to Universal […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way […]

Blue Badge Parking Permits To Cover ‘Hidden Disabilities’ In England

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  From BBC News.   Blue badge parking permits are to be made available for people in England with “hidden disabilities” such as autism or mental health problems. The Department for Transport said people with non-physical disabilities would have an equal right to free parking from next year. Currently the rules do not explicitly exclude […]

Esther McVey And Her Department Are Now Totally Out Of Control

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  By Steve Topple in The Canary.   Last year, the UN accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and successive governments of creating a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in the UK. Since then, the situation has seemingly got worse. The department is now out of control. But is the misery and torture the DWP […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints

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From Disabled Go News.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way regulators deal with complaints about […]

Universal Credit IT System ‘Broken’, Whistle-Blowers Say

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  By Patrick Butler in The Guardian.   Universal credit is so riddled with design flaws and process faults that it is practically guaranteed to generate mistakes and delays that would push vulnerable benefit claimants into hardship, according to whistle-blowers. Service  centre workers have told the Guardian that glitches and errors in the “cobbled-together” system have […]

Disabled Blue Badge ‘Misuse’ Magistrate Margot Conyers Dismissed

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  From BBC News.   A magistrate has been told to step down by judicial chiefs after “misusing” a disability parking badge. Margot Conyers, who heard cases in North and West Yorkshire, was investigated after a complaint to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO). The JCIO said Miss Conyers’ actions were found to be “incompatible […]

MPs Raise Concerns With McVey Over ‘Stress And Poverty’ Caused By WRAG Cuts

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits. Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey (pictured) more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly […]

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