More than 200,000 Brits to lose £150 Warm Home Discount – see who’s affected – Mirror Online


Amid soaring energy bills the government is set to bar 210,000 people claiming DLA, PIP and Attendence Allowance benefits from claiming discounts to heat their homes

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Should the Mirror be correct on this assumption then is it very surprising as you would expect persons on these disability benefits would be certain to qualify.  But, then again this is the Government, who by previous actions don’t appear to want to help disabled people. Benefits, by definition should be a benefit and not a punishment, but this Government appears to all it can to punish disabled people.

Disabled people didn’t wish to be disabled, as for many it is from birth and for them to live reasonably it usually costs more than for non-disabled people. Many also will not be able to supplement their available money by working and if they can, it would be more than likely be of very poor pay and their benefits could be then reduced accordingly, so in effect they would not be better off financially by working.

A very, very uncaring Government, but then what’s new there.

 

Source: More than 200,000 Brits to lose £150 Warm Home Discount – see who’s affected – Mirror Online

PIP Renewal Chaos | Same Difference


With many thanks to Benefits And Work. Renewals for PIP are in a state of chaos, with claimants left terrified that their PIP is suddenly going to stop because a new decision has not been made by t…

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Here, we are again with more PIP problems, this time renewals, not that they are not being renewed, but that there are delays with renewing.

These claimants went through all the hassle of getting PIP in the first place and on renewal there is always the possibility that the renewal could not succeed, not due to being not eligible for they would be, but that the stress from applying for PIP will resurface on renewal.

The renewal process should be much more simpler, but is it, it appears not.

Due to many reasons, COVID being one,  there are many more persons now wishing to claim PIP and these are getting the priority treatment and nothing wrong there.

But, the lack of communication re delays in processing renewals is causing much concern. The delays are extending up to and beyond the date of renewal and although the benefit is continuing to be paid, some communication as way of explanation and reassurance should be forthcoming, but it appears not.

Any reasonable organisation would be communicating in good time, but then this is the DWP, a Government organisation and Governments completely lack the skill of communication.

It would be so little to do, but then it appears that Governments have a delight to cause people stress as none of the processes appear to be ‘person-centred, but system centred. It appears that they don’t care about the people who have to deal with them, so what is new there., as this is how Governments have been for years.

They have no consideration for how people feel, which is evident from virtually everything Governments do.

Governments and the people they employ should realise that they are there for the people, not people for the Government, well should be in a democracy and not act as though they are dictators, for there are already enough of dictators in the World, not a democratic Government acting similarly.

Source: PIP Renewal Chaos | Same Difference

High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK


The High Court has decided the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did not act unlawfully by denying nearly two million disabled people emergency funding to help them survive the pandemic.

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Yes, yet again disabled people not supported by the legal system, are our courts really independent from politics or are they as the US Courts.

No justice again, we know the Government doesn’t care about disabled people, but the courts should.

Source: High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK

DWP admits wrongly rejecting disabled people for benefits at record rate | The Independent


Exclusive: Warnings that ‘flaws in the system’ have led to almost 80,000 Personal Independence Payment decisions being overturned at initial review

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Why is this news, especially to the DWP and the Government as from the introduction of PIP in November 2017 they were warned that there were problems with assessments, but they appeared to be blind and deaf to the comments made.

The UN also have advised this Government about their discrimination to persons with disabilities, but the Government refuted this.

Now they have promised £5.4 billion spread over 3 years for health and social care, but this is an insult to social care as it is way insufficient as it should be at least £12 billion, just for social care alone and not spread over 3 years but given immediately.

This Government has not got a clue or just doesn’t care , especially the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey MP.

So, it is not just the Welfare benefits that are not sufficient and the assessment processes, but the whole Government attitude to persons with disabilities. Coping with their disabilities and life is more than enough and also for their families, but until you are there you will never comprehend what they have to take onboard and contend with, as if drains the life from you, causing more stress on stress until it becomes, but you have to continue, for there is no alternative, as social care is too a large extent not there and won’t be until it is sufficiently funded.

Many mistakes were made in 1948 with the creation of the NHS and the Welfare State, not that it should not have been created for the creation was great and much thought was put in, but events over years as meant changes should have been made, especially the creation of one body to encompass both the NHS and Social Care. As to have it split means there are many duplications of processes and lack of communications between the organisations on many levels.

Source: DWP admits wrongly rejecting disabled people for benefits at record rate | The Independent

DWP Now Allows Claimants To Audio Record PIP Assessments On Their Mobile Phones | Same Difference


With many thanks to Benefits And Work. A newly updated version of the PIP Assessment Guide suggests that the DWP have abandoned the struggle to prevent claimants openly or secretly audio recording …

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This is very welcomed and not before time and should improve the assessment process.

However, as stated there could still be problems, especially where the assessor is not fully compliant with the guidance and here the claimant should not be penalised and it should be the assessor who should back  down and if necessary get further guidance from their supervisor or manager. For an assessor could be aware of the guidance, but be unwilling to allow recordings to be made, so by failing to adhere to the rights of the claimant is disadvantaged.

Also, I see no reason why, now that audio recordings can be made that video recordings are also not allowed. For that would be of greater degree beneficial for the claimants in that not all problems can be discovered by audio recordings.

To not allow implies there is something wrong either with the assessor or the assessment process, which with the degree of appeals being made and the success rate proves that there are. To not allow is an abuse of power by either the DWP or the assessor or both and makes the whole process to be unequal and thereby against the human Rights of the claimants.

The DWP, the Assessors and the assessment process should be fully transparent for all concerned, otherwise it could be deemed to be ‘unfit for purpose’.

 

Source: DWP Now Allows Claimants To Audio Record PIP Assessments On Their Mobile Phones | Same Difference

MS Society – Help us win a High Court hearing


My independence #TooMuchToLose

Dear Chris,

We have some exciting news. Our campaign to end discrimination against people on legacy benefits is being heard in the High Court today – and you can help!

The High Court is going to decide whether the UK Government was acting lawfully when they decided not to give nearly two million people on legacy benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance, the increase of £20 per week that those on Universal Credit received at the start of the pandemic.

You can Tweet your support for the uplift to be given to disabled people on benefits using the button below. Sharing your support will mean that the UK Government is less likely to appeal the decision.

 Send your Tweet now→
 

If you don’t use Twitter, you can help spread the news by sharing the Facebook post at the top of our page or forwarding this email to your friends who do use Twitter.

We will let you know when the decision of this court case is announced. While we hope the High Court will recognise the failings of the UK Government, the fight to end this discrimination may not be over.

Thanks for everything you do,

Angharad
Campaigns Team
MS Society

 

Source: MS Society

Capita Pay Substantial Compensation To Family Of Philippa Day


At long last Capita have had to pay for their gross misconduct and so should the DWP, and I hope there is more to come, but will it make a difference?

Well, it might, if this is not a one off, so everyone who has suffered at the hands of Capita and DWP should put in claims. But really this gross misconduct should not be occurring, is it too much to ask for Capita and DWP to put their own houses in order, well that depends on whether the gross misconduct was deliberate or done by accident, I know which one I believe so no change and gross misconduct will continue until they learn that when they do, it will cost them.

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Capita have paid ‘substantial’ compensation to the family of Philippa Day, a single parent who took her own life after she was told that she had to attend a face-to-face PIP assessment in spite of her anxiety, depression and agoraphobia and in defiance of pleas by her CPN. It is believed to be the first such payment made by a DWP health assessment provider.

Ever since her death in 2019, Philippa’s family have been fighting to make the DWP and Capita admit their role in her death and to change the way vulnerable claimants are dealt with.

In a call the DWP tried to prevent the coroner making public, a clearly very distressed, sometimes crying, Philippa told a DWP call handler she was “literally starving and cold”, “genuinely can’t survive like this for much longer”, was “in…

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Claimant Died Underweight, ‘Unkempt And Dirty’ After ESA And PIP Wrongly Stopped


Again more DWP failings, when will this end, where is the accountability, when will heads roll, perhaps never for to do this there has to be accountability which there appears to be not.

It appears that the DWP is there to hinder rather than help and are not concerned about themselves than the claimants they are there to help.

Do they really care or are claimants seen has a hindrance to be discounted at every occasion.

The current Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey MP was appointed on 8 September 2019 and has been ineffective since her appointment, she needs to go and someone who is capable appointed, if there is in fact, anyone who is. The situations at the DWP could not be worse if there was no Minister.

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

A disabled claimant died underweight, ‘unkempt and dirty’ after the DWP wrongly stopped both his ESA and PIP. The DWP left the destitute claimant to be supported by their elderly, disabled parent who themselves needed daily carers and meals delivered. £14,000 in backdated PIP was eventually paid to the claimant’s next-of-kin, the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) has reported.

According to ICE, the claimant had severe depression and physical health problems and was classed as vulnerable by the DWP.

For a long time, their elderly parent was their appointee for benefits purposes. But the parent became too ill to continue and informed the DWP.

At this point the DWP should have found another appointee for the claimant themselves, as their guidance requires, but they did not do so.

Over the following months the claimant’s ESA and PIP were repeatedly stopped due to failure to…

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DWP forcing universal credit claimants to pose for photo with daily paper – The Big Issue


One person trying to claim universal credit was told to have someone else take a photo of them holding a street sign with their right hand

 

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This is extremely humiliating and very degrading and shows how far from reality the DWP especially the person or persons who have made up these rules.

What it will do is stop genuine claimants claiming and not stop any fraudsters.

This is because fraudsters are great in finding ways round any requirements and restrictions as they are very resourceful, which genuine claimants are not.

The DWP and the Government need to live in the real world and stop punishing people who are in very genuine and deep distress.

 

Source: DWP forcing universal credit claimants to pose for photo with daily paper – The Big Issue

Pandora Papers: Tony and Cherie Blair avoided paying £312,000 in tax on London property by acquiring offshore firm | The Independent


Deal meant couple did not pay stamp duty on London townhouse bought in 2017 as an office for Ms Blair’s legal advisory firm

 

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So, yet again, the rich get richer and it may be legal, but is it socially acceptable.

If all these legal loopholes were done away with, perhaps the poor would not be fleeced again, why is it always those with money can have means to increase their wealth, but no matter what the poor do they always get poorer, thus again increasing the rich/poor gap.

Even when they do have an income increase, it is then taken into account to decrease their benefits, so where is the incentive to improve life.

 

Source: Pandora Papers: Tony and Cherie Blair avoided paying £312,000 in tax on London property by acquiring offshore firm | The Independent