Esther McVey just dropped a DWP bomb on parliament then ran off for the weekend


Full answers need to be given and appropriate action taken to ensure all are given PIP who qualify.

If McVey and the DWP can not do this then find who can.

People and Departments have to be made accountable.

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Esther McVey just dropped a DWP bomb on parliament then ran off for the weekend

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has had quite a week, lurching from one crisis to the next. And on Friday 15 June, the secretary of state for work and pensions, Esther McVey, topped it all off by dropping a crucial written statement on parliament. She then effectively ran off for the weekend.

Another day, another DWP scandal

As The Canary previously reported, judges forced the DWP to admit it had been incorrectly interpreting its own guidelines for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The department’s climb-down was in relation to two court cases where it had previously denied two disabled people PIP. This was on the basis they did not meet some of its criteria for the “daily living” component of the benefit.

After tribunals disagreed and told the DWP it must give the two claimants PIP, the department was going to appeal. But on 30…

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Atos assessor told gay man he was ‘defective’ and needed to be cured by God


One more mark against ATOS and their assessors, how many more will it take for the DWP to admit the assessments and assessors are ‘not fit for purpose’.

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Keith Morgan head and shouldersA doctor working for the government contractor Atos told a gay disabled man she was assessing for his entitlement to disability benefits that his sexuality meant he was “defective” and that God needed to fix him like a “broken” car.

Atos was forced to pay Keith Morgan compensation after he was subjected to an experience at the end of his work capability assessment (WCA) that the company later admitted was “wholly inappropriate”.

The GP told him that when a car had a problem it had to be returned to the dealer to be repaired, just as he needed to be returned to God to be cured of his homosexuality. She then told him of a television programme that featured a gay man who had been “cured” in this way and now had nine children, and she gave him the man’s name and handed him the address of a Christian website that…

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Universal Credit ‘discriminates’ against disabled people, High Court rules : Welfare Weekly


Universal Credit rules which saw two severely disabled men miss out on £178 a month in vital benefits are unlawful and “discriminatory”, the High Court in London has ruled in a landmark legal case.

The two claimants, known only as TP and AR, were in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) and Enhanced Disability Premium (EDP), which are designed to meet care costs for those without a carer, before they were required to claim Universal Credit after moving to a new area.

However, both the SDP and EDP have been scrapped under Universal Credit, despite reasurances from Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey that “no one will experience a reduction in the benefit they are receiving at the point of migration to Universal Credit where circumstances remain the same”.

TP is a former Cambridge graduate and worked in the finance sector, before being diagnosed with terminal illness – Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Castleman’s disease in 2016.

AR is 35 and suffers from severe mental health issues. He moved from Middlesbrough to Hartlepool in 2017 to escape the hated Bedroom Tax, but soon found himself facing the much criticised Universal Credit system and a serious drop in income.

 

Source: Universal Credit ‘discriminates’ against disabled people, High Court rules  : Welfare Weekly

Psychologist warns Trump’s mental state is rapidly deteriorating — and he may be ‘on the boundary of psychosis and reality’ : Raw Story


Based on Donald Trump’s public behavior, some of America and the world’s leading psychologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians have concluded that the president of the United States is mentally unwell. Trump appears, in their opinion, to suffer from malignant narcissism. He is also a compulsive liar who lacks empathy for his fellow human beings and shows no remorse for his bad behavior. Most importantly, Trump’s personality defects amplify his authoritarian values, beliefs and behavior. The results of this could be catastrophic.

This article was originally published at Salon

This week, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the first time an American president and a North Korean leader had ever met in person. This encounter quite literally had the potential to be explosive. Trump has alternated between threatening Kim with nuclear annihilation and praising him and other totalitarian leaders for their “strength.” Moreover, in many ways Kim Jong Un is everything Trump would like to be — a despot with no restraints on his personal and political power. Kim is also free to dispense with his enemies as he sees fit. He is literally the law in his nation and leads a society where he is worshiped as a god: North Korea is the ultimate cult of personality.

For the moment, disaster has been averted. At the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim engaged in an alpha-male bromance with one another. At this point, it appears that North Korea’s leader outmaneuvered Trump and the United States. Kim left Singapore with more international prestige and seemingly extracted important concessions. Donald Trump’s ego was stroked while the security of the United States and its allies in the region was weakened. Given Trump’s impulsive behavior, cultivated ignorance and hostility towards serious experts in diplomacy, East Asia and North Korea in particular, war may merely have been postponed for a later date, one that depends on the mercurial whims of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

 

Source: Psychologist warns Trump’s mental state is rapidly deteriorating — and he may be ‘on the boundary of psychosis and reality’ : Raw Story

‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online


This is the shocking moment a train passenger called a woman a “black slave” before bragging to police “I’m a multi-millionaire footballer”.

Union official Jenna Davis recorded the abuse she received on her phone.

The incident took place on a Virgin train to Birmingham and began when the man was accused of throwing chips at Jenna, who then confronted him, Birmingham Mail reports.

The footage shows the man verbally abusing Jenna, a workplace organiser for GMB Union.

As well as calling her a black slave, he is also alleged to have called her a “black wolf”.

 

Source: ‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online

The DWP left a family so ‘desperate’ the father went on an armed robbery spree


One has to respect Law & Order, so it was wrong of Robinson to act illegally. However, it was also wrong for the DWP to reduce the family income to such a figure that it was impossible for them to live as a family.

Robinson has been convicted and sentenced by the UK Courts for his illegal acts, but the DWP are being allowed to continue as before.

Where is the Equality in Justice, the courts need to convict all or none.

There is no mention of Robinson’s family, do they now have some life security, for they were in financial hardship before Robinson was sentenced and now he is around no loger, until the completion of his sentence, but his family still have to live, where are they and in what state.

Where are family values in the DWP processes or is it ‘out of sight, out of mind’

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Whilst I’d never advocate committing a crime, is it not a greater crime to starve a family?


The DWP left a family so ‘desperate’ the father went on an armed robbery spree

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was ‘clawing back‘ so much money from a family of six that the disabled father committed a string of armed robberies to stop them losing their home. Now, he’s been jailed for five years. He stole a totalof around £230.

A “wrangle” with the DWP

As Chronicle Live reported, Andrew Robinson lives with osteoarthritis in his knees.

His educational attainment should be irrelevant. But the court heard he was a former boarding school pupil, “star” rugby player and graduate. Then, his “prospects crumbled” due to his illness. After what Chronicle Live called a “wrangle” with the DWP, it reduced his family’s benefits from £200 a week to just £93.

The Centre for Research in Social Policy has a questionnaire that…

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Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


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 she planned to extend the assessment contracts for the two companies that carry out the personal independence payment (PIP) assessments – Atos and Capita – by a further two years.

The contracts had been due to end in the middle of 2019.

Newton also announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was developing its own IT system that would allow it to “enable more providers to deliver PIP”.

Some commentators – including Frank Field, chair of the Commons work and pensions committee – took this to mean that Newton was threatening that DWP would carry out PIP assessments itself if Atos and Capita did not improve their performance over the next two years.

But one disabled people’s organisation, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS), said on its Facebook page that the reason for the two-year contract extension was that Atos “owns the IT system that DWP rely on for PIP claims, and they can’t sack them until DWP has developed its own IT system”.

 

Source: Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

In a wheelchair and want your benefits? You’ll need to take the stairs


This should be unbelievable, but with the DWP it is not. It is not as though they are not aware of the problems they are creating, their whole concept is to make it as difficult as possible for people to attend assessment and then they can sanction for a ‘no show’.

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Three weeks ago, Linda received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) calling her in for “reassessment” of her disability benefits. Linda is not her real name; she wants to speak out but says she fears any “comeback” from the DWP.

Talk to Linda for two minutes and it’s clear that forcing her to prove she’s not “fit for work” is brutal in itself. Sat…

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Disabled man sacked from £30 a week council job told he can work for nothing as volunteer | Govt Newspeak


Adding insult to injury and how will this effect his ESA.

He was only paid for paid for approximately 3.7 hours, as he volunteered for the remaining of his 8 houres over 2 days.

Inverclyde Leisure have shown no respect to Ronnie and what has this done to his self-esteem.

Inverclyde Leisure have no money to pay Ronnie but have for councillors going on a trip to Korea, where are this councils values.

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