The Department for Work and Pensions has announced plans to record all disability benefit assessments: Plans to move to a new telephony platform during 2024 and make enhancements to the Video Asses…
I completely agree that something is needed to reduce errors, either accidental or not, but will it.
Well there will be proof to show errors have occurred, so eventually assessors wil get the message that they have to be much more diligent in the assessments.
Then the frequency of appeals will reduce, but in reality the benefit system needs to be more accommodating, especially to those with invisibile disabilities, for not all disabilities are visible.
Also the times taken to get through the assessment process have to be much improved and the commencement of paying them, waiting months is not acceptable.
Source: Will disability health assessment recording plan cut errors in DWP decisions? | Vox Political
Deductions to universal credit loans and bills will cause destitution as families struggle to keep up with fuel payments, says former prime minister Gordon Brown
The DWP is supposed to be the Benefit Agewncy, a Government organisation that pays welfare benefits to claimants who have been assessed to be need of help to finaner their lives and those of their families.
But, the DWP as also beoe a debt collection agency as Gordon Brown is saying, taking money, uch needed money from claimants before payment of benefits have been made without any consideration as to whether the claimants can still afford to live on the reduced benefits being paid by the DWP.
This is Government policy, the same Government who intoduced benefits with such a delay in initial payments when delays should not be, so that claimants were forced to reuest advanced payments. The benefit syste should have been formuated so that payments were made immediately they were approved. This could have been easily done by processing eah laiant application as though it would be approed so tghat when it was payents ould be made immediately and not in some weeks delay.
This is as though there is some punishment when there should be none.
This is not welfare but a crime commited by what should be a caring Government.
Source: The DWP has become Britain’s biggest debt collector. Surely during an energy crisis it should press pause | Gordon Brown | The Guardian
Under the cover of Queen Elizabeths death the DWP (Department of work and Pensions) have been busy inflicting cruelty upon claimants. They never miss a chance to show their hatred of social securit…
The DWP should be there to assist claimants, but, in fact, there whole agenda is to do the opposite, more than likely under the orders of this Government. This requires action in every way on every occasion to force the DWP to comply, as they will only do so after a formal legal decision from the Courts and even then they will fight all the way and when eventually ordered to do so, will do it as slowly as possible.
It appears to be run by robots who have been programmed to work in the most unempathetic and demoralising way possible.
This is showing they have no respect for human rights, safeguarding, just to punish claimants for being there.
Source: DWP Refusing To Follow Recommendations During Cost Of Living Crisis – The poor side of life
A MINISTER in the UK Government has been accused of deliberately attempting to hide the impact of wide-ranging welfare reforms by concealing a…
The Work and Pension Secretary Thérèse Coffey, MP one of the most useless Ministers in the Boris Johnson Tory Government, for she is totally inept and lacking any knowledge, only thing she is good at is supporting Boris Johnson, so another wrong decision in a catalogue of many.
Lets hope she will no longer be any Minister when either Truss or Sunak become Prime Minister and that whoever becomes DWP Minister will be better, but that won’t be difficult from the low base set by Coffey.
Source: Thérèse Coffey says she wouldn’t publish reports exploring impact of welfare reform | The National
MPs have asked the work and pensions secretary to justify her refusal to release nine potentially embarrassing reports about her department’s work, at least four of which focus on disabled claimant…
Transparency, honesty, accountability and trust should be there in every aspect of public organisation governess, but the opposites non-transparency, dishonesty, unaccountability and distrust are usually evident in many instances.
This is so proving the case in respect of the DWP and certainly, it appears, with the Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey MP.
This is all on top of the spectacle of ‘Partygate‘, so it appears many elements of this Government are unwilling to abide by the concepts of transparency, honesty, accountability and trust and many within the UK feel this will never change.
The ‘House‘ needs to ensure that change will occur and be sustained, but will it, for no previous UK Government has abided by these concepts to any large extent, if at all, irrespective of which Party formed the Government.
Is it that ‘power’ corrupts or were there leanings to corruption to start with.
But this is not just confined to the UK and many would say that the degree of corruption is much more evident in some other countries than the UK, but that should not be seen as good for everyone deserves better. The ‘House’ should be doing all it can to ‘cleanse’ itself, rather than spending so much time doing the opposite.
So, I support Stephen Timms MP, chair of the Commons work and pensions committee and his colleagues and also the DNS.
Source: MPs ask Coffey why she is hiding nine secret DWP reports – Disability News Service
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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
The figures speak for themselves, so no one should be in any doubt about the intentions of this Tory and previous Tory Governments in their will to decimate the population of disabled people.
Yesterday 27 January 2021 was Holocaust Memorial Day and the Tories are as guilty as the Nazis, the Serbs and others in the massacre of sections of their community by numerous methods
insufficient funding of Social Care
insufficient funding of Community Care
Sanctions on benefit claimants
COVID-19 scandals in Care Homes
insufficient vaccine priority for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism
and many others
Boris has stated he and his Government have done the best they can during COVID-19, well if that is their best I would not wish to see their worst
Then to ‘Cap It’ he stated the immortal phrase ‘Lessons would be Learnt’, well from my 71 years of experience of life I have never seen that lessons have been learnt, is this due to, not wishing to learn, no funding to learn, inability to learn or others I can’t really say, although I assume funding will play a big part, but in effect it could be a mixture of them all.
So, unfortunately I can’t see anyway learning can be improved, unless all of the above are reversed and them some.