Disability Benefits

Disabled People Already Fight Battles Every Day. Making Us Prove We Need Benefits Is Almost Inhumane

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  By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   Living with a disability in the UK today means living in a state of perpetual fear, feeling unheard, patronised and at times like a burden – and it can take a huge toll on your mental health. I was born with a genetic condition called Osteogenesis Impefecta […]

My Label And Me: I Am Not A ‘Scrounger’ Because I Claim Benefits

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      By Nina Grant in The Metro.   At 18, after six months in a psychiatric unit, I first claimed disability benefits. A social worker helped me apply for supported housing, as well as for the benefits needed to cover my rent and cost of living. Because I was so young, I didn’t […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PIP Announcement ‘Shows Replacing DLA Was Waste Of Time And Money’

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  From Disabled Go News.   The government’s decision to stop regular benefit reassessments for some people with “the most severe, lifelong conditions” shows that replacing disability living allowance (DLA) with personal independence payment (PIP) was a waste of time and money, it has been claimed. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, confirmed this […]

Minister For Disabled People Caught Misleading MPs On Cuts To Support… Again

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people has been caught misleading MPs – again – as she tried to defend her government’s repeated breaches of the UN disability convention. It was the second time in five months that Sarah Newton (pictured) has misled MPs in a House of […]

DWP Should Think Again On ESA Back Payments And Offer Compensation

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  From My Disability Matters.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should reconsider its decision to offer only a partial backpayment of the money owed to 70,000 disabled people who for years were not receiving the correct level of out-of-work benefits, MPs have heard. One Conservative member of the public accounts committee, Anne […]

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 […]

What Does The New Financial Year Mean For Me ?

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  From Independent Age.   These are the main changes you need to know about for the start of the new financial year (1 April) and tax year (6 April), including changes to State Pension and benefit rates. The figures listed below are the weekly amounts you’ll get unless stated otherwise.   To read the rest […]

Almost A Third Of PIP Disability Assessments Are ‘Not Up To Scratch’

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  From Disabled Go News.   Almost a third of assessments for the PIP disability benefit are not fully up to scratch, figures reveal. The data shows the shocking full story behind the official figure that 95% of reports are “acceptable”. Atos and Capita have a target for 3% or fewer of their reports to […]

Underpaid Disability Claimants To Receive Up To £20,000

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  By Patrick Butler in The Guardian.   Tens of thousands of severely disabled and ill claimants are set to receive backdated payments of up to £20,000 after being wrongly underpaid for years by social security officials, the government spending watchdog has revealed. An estimated 70,000 claimants were underpaid about £340 m between 2011 and 2014 after […]

Victories For People Appealing For Disability Benefit Reach Their Highest Rate Ever

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    From Disabled Go News.   The victory rate for people appealing for disability benefit has reached its highest ever. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments have been branded a “total failure” as 69% of people appealing them at a tribunal now win their case. That is the highest percentage success rate ever recorded since […]

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 […]

Universal Credit System Faces Landmark Legal Challenge

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    This article titled “Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge” was written by Jamie Doward, for The Observer on Sunday 4th February 2018 00.05 UTC   A terminally ill man has won the right to launch a landmark legal challenge to the government over its introduction of universal credit after the controversial new […]

Older People Are Missing Out On Money They’re Due

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  From Independent Age.   How to boost your income and save money The Independent Age website has a lot of information about extra money you can claim and ways you can cut your bills. For help tailored specifically to you, call our free Helpline on 0800 319 6789 to arrange to speak to an adviser. A […]

Ministers Back Down In Legal Battle Over Disability Benefits

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From BBC News.   Ministers have backed down in a row over paying higher disability benefits to 164,000 people by saying they will not contest a High Court decision. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said she would not appeal December’s judgement over payments to people with mental health conditions. Ministers had sought to limit […]

Disability Benefit Claimants Not Being Paid Enough To Live On, Campaigners Warn

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  By The Press Association, published by MailOnline.   Some 60% of people claiming the main long-term sickness benefit believe the amount of money they get is not enough to live on, according to a major new survey. Labour called the findings from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants “a damning indictment of the Government’s […]

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