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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Outrageous Interference’ With Rule Of Law As DWP Sets 80% Benefit Appeal Rejection Target

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  By Natalie Bloomer in politics.co.uk.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set staff a target of upholding 80% of the benefit decisions that they are asked to reassess, it has been revealed. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the department stated that a key measure used to monitor the […]

Election Forces MPs To Abandon PIP Inquiry, But Evidence Backs Up Dishonesty Claims

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  By John Pring Disability News Service 4th May 2017   Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election. Despite its inquiry into the […]

PIP Investigation: Claimant Seeks Judicial Review Over Assessment Flaws

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    From John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by the high court of the errors she says were made in dealing with her claim for personal independence payment (PIP), and which she believes put her life at risk. Angela Kennedy, from Essex, says the errors […]

Disability Benefits Cuts Should Be Delayed, MPs Say

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From BBC News.   Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is […]

PIP INVESTIGATION: Politicians Call For Action Over ‘Widespread Dishonesty By Assessors’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following a two-month investigation by Disability News Service (DNS). The three parties spoke out after DNS […]

Chancellor’s Social Care And WRAG Omissions ‘Show Contempt For Disabled People’

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    From The Disability News Service.   The chancellor has shocked disabled activists by ignoring the social care funding crisis in his autumn statement, and refusing to scrap a planned cut to employment and support allowance (ESA). Despite weeks of lobbying from disabled people, politicians – including some Tory MPs – and charities, he […]

Stephen Crabb Reaffirms No PIP Cuts

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  From Disability Rights UK.   Over seventy observers, MPs and peers heard the Secretary of State at DWP Stephen Crabb repeat his commitment that the planned saving in personal independence payment would not be sought from cuts in welfare payments elsewhere affecting more disabled people. He outlined his plans for a green paper to […]

PIP Is A Disaster For Disabled People – At Last The Full Horror Is Emerging

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.       When does reform become dangerous? Over three years ago the Conservatives began to roll out personal independence payments (PIP) – in essence, the mandatory, mass re-testing of disabled and chronically ill people – and the answer is getting stark. A report released today by Muscular […]

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