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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 […]

DWP Scraps Retesting For Chronically Ill Sickness Benefits Claimants

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  From The Guardian / The Press Association.   Sickness benefits claimants will no longer have to go through reassessments to keep their payments if they suffer from chronic illnesses, the Department of Work and Pensions secretary is to announce. Employment support allowance (ESA) will continue automatically for those who have lifelong, severe health conditions […]

Employment Support Overhaul Is Vital, Says New Report

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    By John Pring through Disabled Go News. The government must work closely with disabled people and user-led organisations to rebuild trust damaged by the flawed work capability assessment (WCA) if it wants to improve its failing welfare-to-work programmes, according to a new report. The report by The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University, […]

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 […]

Disabled People Accused Of Using Aids They Don’t Need

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By Frances Ryan in The Guardian. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) knows a good day to bury bad news. Veiled under the New Year holiday – in a consultation set to close next week – the government is quietly examining how to cut eligibility for its disability benefit, personal independence payment (PIP), which […]

Alarm Over Proposals To Scrap GPs’ ‘Fit Note’ Duties

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As reported in Disability News Service. Proposals by two groups of English GPs that they and their colleagues should no longer be responsible for providing “fitness to work” certificates for their patients have alarmed disabled activists. GPs from Kent’s local medical committee (LMC) have proposed in a conference motion to fellow doctors that they should […]

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