Disability Benefits

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 […]

For Some Receiving Disability Benefits, The Desire To Work Will Never Cease

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  By Tauhid Chappell, and Kayla Epstein  in The Washington Post.   Last year, The Washington Post explored how rural American communities have been reshaped by the significant growth in disability programs over the past two decades. As the series of articles progressed, we heard from readers nationwide about their experiences with disability benefits. A common theme […]

Our Benefits System Has Become A Racket For Cheating Poor People

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  By Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.   When Moira gets scared, she cuts herself. “It’s my way of taking control.” Right now she’s very scared. In a few days she faces a tribunal that will judge whether she is entitled to her disability benefit. She has been through forms and examinations and the officials who tell her […]

Atos Nurse Continues PIP Assessment While Claimant Has ‘Grand Mal’ Epilepsy Seizures

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A nurse carrying out a disability benefit assessment fired questions at a disabled man’s wife while her husband was in the middle of a severe and prolonged series of epileptic seizures just a few feet away. Daniel Marshall, from Dorset, had only been able to answer […]

Claiming Disability Benefit ? Don’t Ever Dare Shake Hands

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  By Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.   Do you shake hands? I do – with people I’m meeting for the first time, and often meeting up with people I already know really well. But the classic handshake is now not the single accepted greeting, and even with strangers you must awkwardly negotiate the possibility […]

Government’s New Benefit System Wrongly Denies Disabled People Support At Higher Rate Than Ever

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  By May Bulman  in The Independent.   Successful appeals brought against DWP by disabled people denied PIP benefits are higher than ever, with 68 per cent of appeal hearings found in favour of the claimant. The Government’s new benefit system is wrongly denying disabled people financial support at a higher rate than ever, new figures show. Decisions by the Department of Work […]

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 […]

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