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MPs Raise Concerns With McVey Over ‘Stress And Poverty’ Caused By WRAG Cuts

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits. Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey (pictured) more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly […]

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 […]

DWP Is Failing ‘Vulnerable’ Claimants Of Universal Credit, Says Watchdog

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  From Disabled Go News.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is failing to support “vulnerable” claimants and is unable to monitor how they are being treated under its new universal credit benefit system, according to an investigation by the public spending watchdog. The report by the National Audit Office (NAO) raises a string […]

Atos And Capita Win PIP Contract Extension ‘Because DWP Is Chained To A Corpse’

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From Disabled Go News.   The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”. The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that […]

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 […]

Why Are Britain’s Job Centres Disappearing ?

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  By Dan Flinn in The Conversation.   The jobcentre. It used to be a staple of the British high street, where the unemployed went to sign on and look for work. But Britain’s national network of jobcentres is currently undergoing radical change as the government implements multiple welfare reforms and cuts as part of its continued […]

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 […]

‘Muddle’ And ‘Confusion’ Over DWP’s 1.6 Million PIP Reviews

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  From My Disability Matters.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is causing “muddle” and “confusion” by refusing to clarify which disabled people will have their claims re-examined through its mammoth programme of disability benefit reviews. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, announced last week that DWP would review 1.6 million personal independence payment […]

Every Interview For PIP Should Be Recorded, MPs Say In Damning Report

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  By Jen Mills in METRO.   Confidence in the application process for the main disability benefit is so low that every interview should be recorded, MPs said in a damning report. They said there was a ‘pervasive lack of trust’ among disabled people who applied for PIP (Personal Independence Payment). Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims […]

9 Shocking Errors Made In Assessments For PIP And ESA By Capita, Atos And Maximus

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  From Disabled Go News.   The Work and Pensions Select Committee received nearly 4,000 submissions – the most by a select committee inquiry – after calling for evidence on the assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The MPs said: “We were so impressed and moved by the response […]

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 […]

What Is The PIP Review ? How ‘Austerity’ Measure Backfired And Could Cost Government £3 Billion

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  By Steven Hopkins in HUFFPOST.   The Government has pledged to review all 1.6 million disability benefit claims after deciding not to fight a High Court ruling on personal independence payment (PIP) that a judge called “blatantly discriminatory”. The court ruling in December, ministers previously said, could see 220,000 PIP claimants awarded higher payments. Earlier […]

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 […]

How To Win A PIP Appeal

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  From advicenow.   If you made a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you didn’t get the award that you think you were entitled to, you don’t have to give up. This guide will help you decide if you should challenge the decision. It, and the accompanying tool, will help you ask the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Concerns over criteria for ‘fitness for work’ reassessment exemptions

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled campaigners have criticised new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules that explain which benefit claimants will no longer have to be repeatedly put through the much-criticised “fitness for work” test. DWP announced last month, on the eve of the Conservative party conference in […]

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 […]

Are PIP And ESA Assessments Working Well ?

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    From www.parliament.uk.   The Work and Pensions Committee launches a new inquiry on how the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are handled by Department for Work and Pensions contractors ATOS, Capita and Maximus, and how the application, assessment and appeals processes for these two benefits are working. Disparity between […]

DWP Spends £39m Defending Decisions To Strip Benefits From Sick And Disabled People

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  By Daniel Kraemer and Harriet Agerholm in The Independent.   Ministers have spent almost £40m in an “appalling” attempt to stop sick and disabled people receiving the financial help they are entitled to, The Independent can reveal. Freedom of Information requests have exposed how taxpayers’ money has been spent on futile legal battles to prevent vulnerable people receiving […]

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 […]

PIP Assessment Lies And Distortions Exposed By Double Apology To Claimant

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled teacher has told how a government contractor apologised to him for a dishonest benefit assessment, and then had to apologise again after it ordered a replacement assessment which was even worse. He says his experience is a damning indictment of the assessment process […]

‘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 […]

DWP’s Unfair Twist For Disabled People

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    From The Guardian.   In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week (Benefits cuts: are you about to lose a Motability car, scooter or wheelchair? 31 March), I would like to challenge the response of Department of Work and Pensions ministers when they have been pressed […]

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 […]

Billions Of Pounds Of PIP Cuts ‘Will Put Lives At Risk’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The announcement of billions of pounds of cuts to the government’s new disability benefit is a discriminatory attack on people with mental health problems, will push many of them further into poverty and isolation, and will put lives at risk, say disabled activists. Protests about the […]

Questions Over DWP’s Further Medical Evidence Pilot Secrecy

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing questions over why it failed to release the results of a pilot project that was supposed to correct a fatal flaw in its “fitness for work” test. DWP had promised a judge that the pilot project would […]

We Want Your Views On The Supporting Disabled People To Work Consultation

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From Disability Rights UK.   On Monday November 7th the Department for Work and Pensions published the long awaited green paper called “Improving Lives” setting out a mixture of announcements and questions on what policy interventions are required to support disabled people obtain and retain work. There is also an easy words and pictures version […]

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