Disability Benefits

Claiming PIP And ESA: “Horrific And Inhumane”

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  Author: Liam.Evans@turn2us.org.uk   The inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) has revealed testimonies of despair.   A Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people despondent with the system. The inquiry into PIP and ESA has revealed countless experiences of severely disabled […]

PIP: The Disability Benefit That Almost Killed My Wife

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    By Adam Jacques in The Guardian.   My wife tried to kill herself in March. She took an overdose – while I was watching TV in the next room. Cue, in short succession: 30 minutes of heart-stopping panic, a nerve-jangling ambulance trip to A&E, an admission to a secure mental health unit, and […]

I Take Your Calls To The DWP About Universal Credit – I Feel Your Heartache

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  By an anonymous author in The Guardian.   I’m a call handler for the DWP, where empathy isn’t a trait that’s valued very much. But I’ve been on benefits and I know how difficult it can be looking for work while trying to survive on a minimal amount of money. I wish I was […]

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 […]

My PIP Diary – With A Whimper Not A Bang !

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  By Mik Scarlet in The Huffington Post.   f you’ve been following My PIP Diary I’m glad to say it’s reached the end. Will this be a thrilling story of battle, with one side or the other being triumphant? Will there be tales of daring do, and unfettered excitement? Er, no. In fact, it ends with […]

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 […]

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