Disability Benefits

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 […]

Man Claims Welfare Cut Will Leave Him Under “House Arrest”

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From The Press.   A man with worsening Multiple Sclerosis disease says he is set to lose his mobility car after eight years – eventually putting him under ‘house arrest’. Peter Danyluk, 61, said that when he was first given a Motability car under the old Disability Living Allowance, his condition was not as bad […]

Disabled Man Left Housebound By Mobility Cut

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  By Mike Laycock in The Press. A disabled York man with an agonising back condition says he is housebound after officials decided he should lose his mobility car. Former plasterer Chris Paylor, 37, of Poplar Street, off Poppleton Road, said he had had a Motability car for four years after doctors discovered he had […]

Capita Faces Fresh Calls To Be Stripped Of PIP Contracts After Documentary

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    One of the three outsourcing giants that assesses people for their eligibility for disability benefits is facing calls for it to be stripped of its contract, after revelations in a Channel 4 documentary. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is investigating concerns raised by this week’s Dispatches, which saw an experienced mental […]

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