Disability Benefit Assessments

PIP: Ombudsman To Start Benefits Investigation

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  From BBC News.   The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is to investigate how Stormont’s Department for Communities administers Personal Independence Payments (PIP). PIP replaced the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit in June 2016. The ombudsman Marie Anderson can investigate suspected maladministration in public services. The Department for Communities said only 12 out of […]

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%) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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