The DWP just caved in yet again over disabled people’s benefits


Whenever chahges are made it is down to saving money hence PIP and ESA were brought in and the idea was to remove people from the benefits system byany means.

However, there had to be rules and regulations. Not only should these rules and regulations be correctly administered they need to be lawful and equitable.

But in all of the above the new benefits systems did not comply, the rules and regualations were not correctly administered on every occasion, if ever. With the court cases coming forth it would also appear that the system was not always lawfull and equitable.

As every appeal and certainly court cases cost would it not have been reasonable for the system to have lawful and equitable rules and regulations which were abided by in every occasion, so then and only then money may have been saved.

But by ignorance or design the implementation of PIP and ESA have been set up to fail and cost more than they should, while showing disrespect and lack of dignity to the respective claimants.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has once again had to change its policy surrounding disabled people’s benefits. This time, it involves the assessments carried out for people living with severe conditions or impairments.

The DWP: caving in?

On Monday 18 June, Sarah Newton – the minister for disabled people, health and work – said the government was changing the way people living with “severe or progressive conditions” got their Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Specifically, the DWP said that people with the “highest level” of PIP support:

and where their needs are expected to stay the same or increase – will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a light touch review every 10 years.

According to the website Benefits and Work, there are currently no set times when the DWP reviews people’s PIP. Claims last for fixed periods, and the department can review them at any time…

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A ‘senseless and unfounded’ DWP policy is causing harm to claimants and costing the NHS millions, says a charity | The Canary


A new campaign by the charity MS Society is calling on the DWP to scrap a “senseless and unfounded” policy that’s harming claimants and costing the NHS millions.

The 20 metre rule

MS Society represents people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a “condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord”. It causes a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, trouble walking, numbness, muscle stiffness / spasms, and problems with balance.

The charity’s campaign is focused on scrapping the ’20 metre rule’ which governs access to the mobility component of the PIP disability benefit. A press release for the campaign seen by The Canary states:

People with MS have been increasingly losing vital support since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) began in 2013. The biggest change has been the introduction of the 20 metre rule, used in PIP assessments to determine eligibility for the higher rate of mobility support. Under the previous benefit – Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the measure was 50 metres. Now, if you can walk just one step over 20 metres, roughly the length of two double-decker buses, you won’t qualify for higher level of mobility support. Under DLA 94% of people with MS were receiving this higher rate but this has fallen to just 66% under PIP.

The charity has also released a campaign video highlighting the callousness of the 20 metre policy:

 

Source: A ‘senseless and unfounded’ DWP policy is causing harm to claimants and costing the NHS millions, says a charity | The Canary

PIP: Politicians unite to demand dignity for terminally ill


As though a person, with a terminal condition, attempting to claim PIP and their family have not enough to contend with the Department for Communities are adding to this with their insistence that these claimants are subjected to the full rigours of the PIP system.

The Department for Communities needs to listen to these 6 political parties and the respective families and show dignity for once to the terminally ill.

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 Six political parties have signed a letter calling for a fairer definition of terminal illness to be applied in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process.

The system requires people with a life expectancy of longer than six months to undertake a face-to-face assessment to prove they are terminally ill.

They can then face a wait of up to three months for payment.

The DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP, Alliance and Green Party have signed the letter.

Politicians described the current system as “cruel, traumatic and lacking in dignity and compassion”.

Charities and clinicians say the six-month definition most severely affects patients suffering from non-cancer terminal conditions, such as dementia, for which it can be difficult to predict an accurate life-expectancy.

In April, the Scottish government announced there would be no limit set on how long…

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Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent


Theresa May will anger social care leaders by warning they will have to wait for desperately needed extra money, despite her promise of a £20bn a year bailout for the NHS.

There will be no large cash injection to tackle the care crisis until the “forthcoming spending review”, the prime minister will say – which is not due to kick in until 2020.

Extra money for public health will also be allocated only when all departments are told their spending resources for years beyond 2020, she will confirm in a speech in London on Monday.

 

Source: Theresa May to warn social care must wait until 2020 for extra funds, despite pledging £20bn for NHS | The Independent

It’s Time To End The Debt Trap Ensnaring Britain’s Poorest : HuffPost


Most households are in debt. Many face making repayments to multiple banks and finance companies at once, but some are trapped in an ever-intensifying cycle of borrowing to pay off old loans and to cover the costs of household emergencies.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), set up in the wake of the finance crisis of ten years ago, reported on so-called ‘high-cost credit’ last week. It looked at the problems people caught in the spiralling debt trap face and was tasked with weighing up whether the interest rates and charges they are often forced to pay are fair.

Prior to publication we at New Economics Foundation expected the FCA to offer up a glass that, in the best case, be up to half full. And that has certainly been the case, with the proposals set out last week not adequate to not solve the deep, systemic and growing problem of household debt in the UK.

The FCA’s lineage as a regulator is pertinent because not since the days immediately prior to the finance crisis have levels of personal debt been so high. UK households currently owe around £239million in unsecured consumer credit and the Centre for Responsible Credit estimates that 7.6million people are spending more than one quarter of their income on debt payments, not including mortgages or accommodation costs.

 

Source: It’s Time To End The Debt Trap Ensnaring Britain’s Poorest : HuffPost

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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Make social care free to save NHS, say ex-Labour and Tory ministers


As well as that being said further savings could be made by amalgamating Social Care and the NHS, for after all we now have one Minister over both areas, so it is the natural progression.

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Means testing rules can leave people with substantial needs paying hundreds of thousands for carePeers also call for ‘radical streamlining’ of damaging reforms under former health secretary Andrew Lansley. The government should make social care free to everyone who needs it to take pressure off the NHS, former Labour and Tory health ministers have said.

Conservative, Lord David Prior and Labour’s Lord Ara Darzi also called for a “radical streamlining” of NHS organisations to roll back the damaging reforms implemented by former health secretary Andrew Lansley.

Abolishing means testing of social care would end the scandal of people with significant care needs facing bills in the hundreds of thousands of pounds for care, they said.

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Cuts to social care funding under the Conservatives have seen the numbers of people receiving state-funded care falling…

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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

Aldi forced to apologise after stopping mum from using NHS vouchers to buy baby milk formula


So Aldi are blaming technology, what has happened to common sense and human involvement.

A till can’t read the terms of the vouchers, but a human could and this could have been resolved by human override.

Or are we now so reliant on technology,that no one is prepared to do the right thing or are we just scared to challenge as this could cost someone their job.

There are too many rules and regulations that the openning for use of intuitive is now closed.

What a World we now live in.

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As if using milk tokens isn’t hard enough, then you get this! Imagine if the Tories got their way and we had a food stamps system [like the USA] source – you wouldn’t be able to shop in bargain stores,


Budget supermarket Aldi has apologised and blamed the incident at its Newcastle store on a “technical issue” which it says has now been resolved

A young mum has slammed budget supermarket Aldi after the store stopped her from using NHS vouchers to buy baby milk formula. Mary Crawford tried to use Healthy Start vouchers in the Newcastle store to buy two tubs of Mamia first infant formula for four-month-old son Marshall Holmes.

But the vouchers were rejected after the 23-year-old says she was told they could not be redeemed for soya-based milk. And when Mary, who shares her name with her mother and asked not to be pictured, complained to Aldi HQ…

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