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DWP Lied About Duty To Keep Benefit Claimants Safe, Document Suggests

By John Pring in Disability News. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lied when it claimed that it had no “duty of care” to protect disabled benefit claimants, new evidence suggests. Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has repeatedly told MPs that her department does not have a legal duty to “safeguard” its claimants, […]

Audio Recording Option Set To Be Introduced For All PIP Assessments, Says DWP

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally agreed that all disabled people being assessed for personal independence payment (PIP) will be able to have their face-to-face assessments recorded. The promise has come in a letter to the Right to Record action group, a disabled-led […]

DWP ‘Performs Partial U-turn’ Over DNS ‘Ban’ After Criticism From Campaigners

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have performed a partial U-turn after disabled campaigners reacted angrily to an apparent ban on media requests from Disability News Service (DNS). Last week, DNS reported how DWP’s press office had failed to provide a meaningful response […]

DWP Silent As It Stops Answering Questions From Disability News Service

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped answering questions from Disability News Service (DNS), and is refusing to explain why it has taken the “totally unacceptable” step. Since early July, DWP’s press office has failed to provide a meaningful response to questions submitted by […]

DWP Admits It Has No Idea How Many Of Its Disability Champions Are Disabled People

    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that it has no idea how many of its 19 “disability champions” are disabled people. The disability sector champions – covering areas such as banking, gaming, arts and culture, media, music and retail – are supposed to drive […]

DWP: 80 Charities File Watchdog Complaint Over ‘Misleading’ Universal Credit Adverts

By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   The Disability Benefits Consortium claims the adverts are “deliberately misleading” and contain “obvious exaggerations”. Charities have reported the government to the advertising watchdog over “deliberately misleading” promotions for Universal Credit. The Disability Benefits Consortium, a coalition of more than 80 disability charities, lodged a formal complaint to the Advertising […]

Coming Soon: The Great Universal Credit Deception

  By  Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian. How to sell the unsellable? How to pretend utter chaos is a plan coming together? How to persuade the public, who just refuse to buy it, to at least keep on paying for it? I believe I have found the answer. It comes in the form of an internal […]

Newton Forced To Apologise After Misleading MPs In WOW Debate

    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The minister for disabled people has been forced to apologise to MPs after Disability News Service (DNS) caught her misleading MPs about support for disabled people for the fourth time in less than a year. The misleading comments by Sarah Newton about disability poverty came in […]

Universal Credit Is An Unmitigated Catastrophe For Ill And Disabled People

      Written by Kitty S Jones in Politics and Insights.    I co-run an online advice and support group for people going through Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims, assessments, mandatory reviews and appeals. Recently there has been a spike in people being reassessed for their awards of both kinds of […]

Universal Credit Roll-Out Delayed – Again

    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 […]

Universal Credit IT System ‘Broken’, Whistle-Blowers Say

  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 […]

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

  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’

  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

  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’

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

  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

  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

  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 ?

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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 […]

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