Claiming disability benefit? Don’t ever dare shake hands


The more you hear about these assessments and the assessors the more ridiculous these processes are shown to be.

It would not surprise me that eventually, if not now, only to turn up for the face to face would deem you ‘fit for work’. Then if you do not turn up you are sanctioned. Either way the system gets you.

Yes, that is ridiculous, but no more than ‘handshakes’. Handshaking is the acceptable British way to greet people, not the kissing on cheek or cheeks which is more European.

In fact, could not the kissing on cheeks be deemed by some to be a possible sexual approach, whereby the shaking of hands will not be.

DBC gives evidence to Work and Pensions Select Committee


The 4 witnesses from Citizens Advice, Scope, National Mencap and Sense are certainly tell the Work and Pension Select Committee about their findings regarding PIP and ESA assessments, but to what effect.

Hopefully the Select Committee will use this and other evidence to make major changes to the PIP and ESA progresses to improve them for the betterment of all claimants.

Minister announces new PIP flexibility on Motability… but no sign of scheme extension | DisabledGo News and Blog


Disabled people hit by the government’s benefit reassessment programme will be able to keep their Motability vehicles for up to six months while they appeal against losing their eligibility, thanks to a new series of measures. The changes will help former claimants of disability living allowance (DLA) who lose their eligibility for the higher rate of mobility support after being assessed for the new personal independence payment (PIP), and are therefore no longer able to stay on the Motability scheme. The need for the new measures has been highlighted by new Motability figures, which show the overall number of its customers plunged by 22,000 (3.4 per cent) to 633,000 between March 2016 and the end of March 2017. This is only slightly higher than the 629,000 customers at the time PIP was launched in April 2013, despite tens of thousands of new customers joining the scheme in the last four years. Last summer, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that Motability expected 35,000 vehicles –

Source: Minister announces new PIP flexibility on Motability… but no sign of scheme extension | DisabledGo News and Blog

Private firms rake in half a BILLION pounds for cruel disability benefit assessments : Daily Mirror.


Within these contracts to Atos and Capita there should be a quality standard in that if an appeal is won by the claimants then these organisations should have to pay back some or all of their fees received. This would go some way the ensure that the assessments were subject to good quality, for if they were then the appeal success rate would not be so high, or is it the benefits themselves are not fit for purpose as well as the organisations conducting the assessments.

PIP Turned Down- Because Claimant Carried A Handbag


When my daughter does go out she insists in taking one of her handbags, but not because she requires the items in it. She takes her handbag because she sees other ladies carrying hand bags. She is mimicking how she preceives others and now it is part of her routine, but it plays no part in assessing her independence.

Any assessor who believes a handbag is a relevant action to a persons independence is a fool and incompetent and should not be allowed to undertake assessments.

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When we shared this post on Facebook,  we received this comment:

The mind boggles. One of the reasons I got turned down was that I carried a handbag And can read a newspaper. Anyone going for assessment don’t carry a bag and if you can walk go extremely slowly and make the assessor wait and whatever you do. Do not move the chair in the room. Sit on it wherever it is placed and if need moving ask the assessor to do it. These were some of the points they made for refusing.

We’re scared, readers, very scared.

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Schools Struggling With SEN Support Finds Study


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Schools in England are struggling to support the 1.1 million pupils with special needs or disabilities (SEND) in mainstream classrooms, a report says.

A survey of 1,100 school leaders found delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities were hampering the ability to cope.

The study by The Key, which provides leadership and management support to schools, calls for increased funding.

The government says it has increased funding for those with “high needs”.

Department for Education (DfE) statistics published last year showed there were more than 1.3 million children in England – 15% of pupils – identified as having special educational needs or disabilities.

How are children with special educational needs supported?

Of these, 1.1 million are in mainstream schools rather than special schools.

The research by The Key suggested:

  • 82% of mainstream schools in England do not have sufficient funding and budget to adequately provide for pupils…

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A Very Unprofessional Benefits Assessor


Yes,appeal and complain, as this person and the test was not fit for purpose, but do not use sarcasm, at least you need to use a professional approach even if he did not.

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Spotted at Benefit Resolutions on Facebook:

So…went for my fit for work assessment yesterday and came home in some sort of calm after the storm daze. Later on my son rings me to ask how it went and we both realised the assessor was very unprofessional.

1. He was a physiotherapist…
knows nothing about my conditions: copd, bronchiectasis or hypogammagloblinaemia…which begs the question…why did they tell me the wrong person was there twice and send me home when it’s obvious they could have sent the bloody CLEANER in…? (sarcasm).

2. He had things on the table to take blood pressure, examine my ears, my chest and pulse, and all he did was ask me to do the blow test once. He also asked my weight but didn’t weigh me.

3. He asked how long I can walk until out of breath, then no more related questions at all.

4. He…

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