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DWP Admits It Has No Idea How Many Of Its Disability Champions Are Disabled People

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that it has no idea how many of its 19 “disability champions” are disabled people. The disability sector champions – covering areas such as banking, gaming, arts and culture, media, music and retail – are supposed to drive […]

DWP: 80 Charities File Watchdog Complaint Over ‘Misleading’ Universal Credit Adverts

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By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   The Disability Benefits Consortium claims the adverts are “deliberately misleading” and contain “obvious exaggerations”. Charities have reported the government to the advertising watchdog over “deliberately misleading” promotions for Universal Credit. The Disability Benefits Consortium, a coalition of more than 80 disability charities, lodged a formal complaint to the Advertising […]

Coming Soon: The Great Universal Credit Deception

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  By  Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian. How to sell the unsellable? How to pretend utter chaos is a plan coming together? How to persuade the public, who just refuse to buy it, to at least keep on paying for it? I believe I have found the answer. It comes in the form of an internal […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Atos And Capita Win PIP Contract Extension ‘Because DWP Is Chained To A Corpse’

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From Disabled Go News.   The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”. The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that […]

Judges Just Forced The DWP To Review The Benefit Claims Of Countless Disabled People

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  By Steve Topple in The Canary.   A panel of judges has backed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) into a corner. So much so that it’s being forced to review the benefit claims of countless disabled people. Another defeat for the DWP On Wednesday 30 May, the legal firm Garden Court North […]

ESA Sanctions Are Counter-Productive And Dangerous, MPs Are Told

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Imposing benefit sanctions on disabled people is counter-productive, ineffective and “probably too dangerous”, a trio of experts have told MPs. The Commons work and pensions committee also heard that the failure of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to research the impact of its sanctions […]

‘Muddle’ And ‘Confusion’ Over DWP’s 1.6 Million PIP Reviews

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  From My Disability Matters.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is causing “muddle” and “confusion” by refusing to clarify which disabled people will have their claims re-examined through its mammoth programme of disability benefit reviews. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, announced last week that DWP would review 1.6 million personal independence payment […]

Government spending on private firms carrying out ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments soared by £40m in a year

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  By Samuel Osborne  in The Independent.   Private firms carrying out controversial disability assessments have received a £40m increase in funding despite widespread concerns with the system, it can be revealed. A freedom of information request by The Independent found the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) paid Independent Assessment Services (formerly known as Atos) and Capita nearly […]

The Staggering Rise In PIP Complaints Shows There’s Rot In The System

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   What happens when the system designed to help you is actually hurting you? This is the question I keep coming back to as I look at the newly released evidence of widespread failings in the disability benefit system. Complaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by […]

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 […]

Easy Way To Avoid DWP’s 45p-A-Minute Universal Credit Hotline Accused Of Being A ‘Well-Kept Secret’

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of insulting the poor by making a way round his 45p-a-minute benefits hotline a “well-kept secret”. The Work and Pensions Secretary faced outrage when the Mirror revealed Universal Credit claimants were paying premium fees to access an 0345 hotline. With average […]

Disabled People Accused Of Using Aids They Don’t Need

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By Frances Ryan in The Guardian. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) knows a good day to bury bad news. Veiled under the New Year holiday – in a consultation set to close next week – the government is quietly examining how to cut eligibility for its disability benefit, personal independence payment (PIP), which […]

‘Ruthless’ DWP ‘Forced Through WCA Despite Knowing Of Harm’

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  Story by John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers and civil servants were “ruthless” and “reckless” in forcing through their new “fitness for work” test and refusing to abandon it even after they were told of the harm it was causing, according to a former government adviser. Professor Geoff Shepherd, who was one […]

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