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A mum whose young daughter has a twisted spine and only one fully functioning lung claims her girl has had her benefits stopped because she ‘has some mobility and goes to a mainstream school ‘.

Charlotte Ormrod, 11, has double curvature scoliosis, which means she struggles to walk and relies heavily on a wheelchair.

She also has a deformed hip and ends up in hospital regularly due to a weak immune system.

Since her diagnosis last year, Charlotte has been admitted to hospital 12 times due to problems with her lungs, her mum says.

But following a reassessment by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Charlotte has been told she’s no longer entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for her personal care, Chronicle Live reports.

Julie, 44, claims one of the reasons it is stopping the benefit is because the youngster attends Albany Primary School, a mainstream school in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Julie said: “I’m absolutely disgusted.

“She is entitled to that money. I’d maybe understand if it was an adult but she is just a child going through this.

“They said she was not entitled because she has some mobility and goes to a mainstream school.


Source: Girl, 11, with twisted spine and one lung has disability benefits axed ‘because she attends mainstream school’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


We all know this is a ridiculous situation, with the exception of the DWP. For them to not understand the stupidity of progressing with sanctions when there are plausible reasons, proves they are beyond comprehension and any reasonable organisation would implement changes to ensure these ridiculous situations do not continue to reoccur. But we are dealing with a Government department who are beyond comprehension and have no desire to change no matter how foolish they appear.

This is not about saving money, reducing dependence on benefits, promoting independence or any other supposed aspects, but purely to cause harm, distress and even death of disabled and vulnerable people.

There is no shred of humanity in any of these policies.

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A man reportedly had his benefits docked as he was forced to miss an appointment because he was having surgery.

Campaigners protest against government austerity programmes next to crates of tinned food destined for food banks outside Downing street in central London on November 21, 2017. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

The claim was made by Frank Field, the chairman of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee and MP for Birkenhead, who said his constituent was then forced out of his home and evicted because he was not able to keep up with his payments.

Despite the DWP later accepting that it was a valid reason for missing the appointment and issuing a back payment, Mr Field said that the ‘damage had already been done.’

Another one of his constituents was taken to A&E and had his benefits sanctioned because he missed a job centre appointment. He said: ‘My constituent said “Please don’t tell my family first, tell Jobcentre Plus.”

‘ Sanctions on benefits payments can last for months (Picture: PA) Government ministers have been accused of breaking a promise…

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Dealing with the disability benefit system can be highly stressful. 

In a major undertaking, the government announced in late January that it will review all 1.6m claims for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – one of the benefits that supports people with a disability.

There are serious issues with the benefits applications process, and many disabled people who claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or PIP find the process very stressful. In just over two years, the British government has spent more than £100m managing reviews and appeals against their disability benefits decisions.

My new research found that people who receive disability benefits find changes to the system powerfully dehumanising. Changes since 2010 have included cuts to the financial support that people receive and the introduction of new types of benefits – the ESA and PIP – which have tighter eligibility criteria than the previous benefits. With the move to…

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A watchdog is examining the failure of two healthcare regulators to punish nurses, paramedics and physiotherapists who write dishonest benefit assessment reports.

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is looking at concerns about the way regulators deal with complaints about nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics who carry out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments on behalf of the outsourcing giants Capita and Atos.

About 300 disabled people have come forward over the last year to tell Disability News Service (DNS) how assessors working for Atos and Capita wrote dishonest PIP assessment reports, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Many raised concerns about the apparent refusal of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to take their complaints seriously.

Now PSA has told DNS that it has begun to examine how the regulators deal with those complaints.

Among the evidence it will be considering are last week’s DNS reports on data released by DWP to campaigner John Slater under freedom of information laws, which included figures that showedthat up to 180 PIP assessors had been the subject of at least four complaints each in three-month periods in 2016.

It comes as the Commons work and pensions select committee published its findings into the assessment processes for both PIP and employment and support allowance, the out-of-work disability benefit.


Source: Watchdog begins probe into failure of regulators to punish lying PIP assessors | DisabledGo News and Blog


Both Jakes GP and the mental health charity Healthy Minds are currently stating that he is not fit to work, but the DWP are solely relying on the evidence of a doctor who saw him for some 40 mins. Who knows if this doctor has any knowledge of mental health issues.

Also as Jake say is his state of dress any bearing on his ability to work and his mental health, they are just clutching at straws to bring as many persons into the ‘fit to work’ category as they can irrespective of whether they are totally fit to work. For days follow days and with some mental health issues how you are one day will not be the same you are the next or the next, even through one day you can go through many degrees of fitness due to your mental health conditions.

They should leave health assessments to the health experts and not just use someone who may be more concerned with their employment with DWP than the health of the individual they are assessing.

The DWP are just abusing their position and are abusers to many claimants.

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A young man from Britwell with mental health issues has accused the Government of discrimination and bullying after being found ‘fit to work’ while on Universal Credit. Jake Adey was signed off from work about six months ago by his GP after being threatened with a weapon outside the off-licence where he worked in Scafell Road.

The 22-year-old, who has learning difficulties, has since suffered from depression and anxiety. In November, he was asked to go for an assessment in Reading with a doctor recommended by the Department for Work and Pensions, which administers the Universal Credit benefit.

He was told that, as he was not receiving any medication for his dyslexia or dyspraxia, that he was ‘perfectly fine’. “They only saw me for about 40 minutes but I was signed off by my GP who has known me all my life,” said Jake.

“Another thing they said was that because I’m reasonably…

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Just when you thought the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) couldn’t sink any lower, it does.

Because it is currently in court fighting against a disabled woman and her husband. And the result it’s hoping for is one that would block human rights laws being used against it.

Disabled people set a precedent. And the DWP didn’t like it.

Back in November 2016, Jacqueline and Jayson Carmichael successfully beat the government in court over the so-called Bedroom Tax. They argued the tax was discriminatory under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as Jacqueline cannot share a bedroom with her husband because of her impairments. And the court agreed, setting a precedent for other claimants.

The DWP is not one to concern itself with human rights, judges and the law, though. So, like a blocked septic tank it just kept re-emerging from its rancid cesspit in Westminster trying to fight the original decision in other courts. And it repeatedlylost.


Source: The DWP has now sunk so low, it’s in court trying to block human rights laws : Govt Newspeak


Same Difference recently received the following on email. The claimant involved remains anonymous, but the letter is otherwise published word for word. If you have experience with this ATOS nurse, please do let us have your comments.

 Good Day,

I would like to  bring the handling of my Wife’s Atos assessment by Nurse Mathew Flis, to change over from DLA to PIP and Mobility to your attention, and make a complaint for the following reasons, along with credible evidence of malpractice, by this Atos Nurse.
,On March 7th 2017 my Wife had a face to face assessment with Atos Nurse, Mathew Flis, his report was fraudulent and misleading for the following reasons. In his report, which I have a copy of, he claims to have carried out a Musculoskeletal examination, his report contains a comprehensive  list of movement and grip capability tests, to have carried out the claimed examination would have required my Wife to climb onto and then lay on a examination table,this examination did not take place, due to the fact that my Wife never left her seat, and also due to her physical condition, she would have been unable to be subjected to the alleged tests.  l have sent a complaint to DWP along with Doctors letters and MRI Scan and X Ray Results that confirms her actual physical condition.   My Wife’s answers to his assessment questions were ignored  manipulated, an example of this is … he accepted that my Wife requires to have cooked food cut up for her, on her plate, he did not accept that to prepare a simple meal she would have to have hard raw vegetables cut up for her … ??? due to grip issues,she could not use an aid, and I always assisted her,Mathew Flis ignored this,   Most importantly, he was told that since my Wife sent in the PIP application, she had an accident dropping a dish of hot food in the Kitchen, as a result of this SHE NO LONGER COOKS AT ALL,   Mathew Flis also ignored this change of circumstance and it was not mentioned in his report, I sugest that the Mathew Flis report is fraud by representation, and influenced the decision makers. My Wife needed 12 points to qualify for high rate care she was awarded 11 ….. Her Mobility allowance was lost due to Mathew Flis  ignoring my Wife when she reported that due to her stumbling because her leg does not always respond, she needs my support for her safety, since her mini stroke she now  has balance issues, which makes her walking even more difficult, Mathew Flis lied about the distance my Wife is able to walk, 12 weeks after the assessment her Doctor confirmed in a letter that she does stumble, all letters, MRI Scan and Xray reports can be obtained from DWP, these letters and reports are credible proof of Mathew Flis did not carry out his assessment in a legally acceptable manner.
Twelve weeks after the Atos assessment  my Wife saw  her Doctor ( Dr Robbins Marazion ), , after an examination Dr Robbins was  concerned by her painful condition, and movement restrictions,he confirmed that she had significant problems,( My Wife’s Doctors qualified assessment proves that Mathew Flis had beyond the balance of probability falsified his report )   he then arranged for X Rays,  Due to the X Ray report  he arranged for a MRI Scan, and referred her to a Neuro Surgeon, both Dr Robbins ( Marazion Surgery ) and Consultant Neuro Surgeon Mr Sam Muquit (Derriford Hospital Plymouth ) were appalled by the claimed Atos Nurses Musculoskeletal report and agreed the claimed Atos examination could not have taken place. Was this Nurse medically Qualified ?,  Does he have a code of practice to Follow ?  Atos is under contract to DWP, is this practice acceptable ?
In 2006 My Wife had a review, which involved a home visit and assessment by Atos Dr Malic  as a result of his report, My Wife was upgraded from low care to high rate, both components were awarded for an indefinite period, as her conditions are degenerating, some 12 years later Atos Nurse Mathew Flis’s assessment does not reflect on how my Wife’s condition would beyond the balance of probability have seriously degenerated. Both Doctor Robbins and Consultant Neuro surgeon Mr Sam Muquit  will confirm that my Wife’s Disabilities have indeed seriously worsened. Was Nurse Mathew Flis basing his assessment on his opinion or medical fact ?, MRI Scans and XRays taken shortly after the Atos assessment show a serious conflict in Mathew Flis’s claimed Musculoskeletal test, and my Wife’s Actual physical condition.
Due to the misrepresented Atos report, In March 2017 my Wife was reduced from High rate Care to Standard rate, she lost her Mobility allowance and her Blue Badge.
My Wife was devastated by these decisions and loss of her much needed Blue Badge, losing the Badge would seriously effect her quality of life, Due to the stress and anxiety of the decisions, and the prospect of having to attend an appeal tribunal, in May 2017 my wife suffered a Mini Stoke, her stroke consultant Dr L Wesson ( Royal Cornwall Hospital ), said that this stress and anxiety was most certainly the cause, The Mini Stroke has been life changing,  she now suffers with balance, mood and speech issues, the brain damage shows on her MRI Scan.
As a result of the support and medical evidence supplied by her Doctor, in June she received a phone call from PIP in Blackpool, a lady named Karen informed us that my Wife would now receive Standard rate Mobility, Karen also stated, that should my Wife appeal for high rate, she may well loose both components, we regarded this as a threat. Due to the risk of more stress my Wife agreed under duress.
In October my wife had a consultation with Consultant Neuro Surgeon Mr Sam Muquit, he carried out an examination and the MRI Scan was shown to us, he concluded that an urgent operation is required on her spine, however due to concerns of risks involved and the fact that she could well have a major stroke during the operation, due to her having to stop taking her blood thinning stroke prevention medication for days before the operation,  he thinks it would be unwise to proceed, the outcome of not having the operation, will eventually result in my wife needing a wheelchair.
Due to the Malpractice by the Atos Nurse Mathew Flis  my wife has suffered physical and financial loss, and is left in need of a operation on her spine that she now cannot have.  This is a serious matter, taking into consideration the medical evidence along with X Ray and MRI Scan results from my Wife’s Doctor and the Consultant Neuro Surgeon, this evidence proves beyond the balance of probability, that Atos Nurse Mathew Flis carried out the face to face assessment Fraudulently,  I will be seeking Redress for the Brain Damage and Financial loss my Wife has suffered, I intend to take legal action against Mathew Flis the Atos Nurse, for breach of the Fraud act 2006 / Misconduct in Public Office, he may well say he was Under Instruction, so I am approaching Atos first.
Both Doctor Robbins and Consultant Mr Sam Muquit have offered their full support regarding this complaint and my seeking Redress, My local MP Derek Thomas ( St Ives ), is also in receipt of this complaint letter.   The lateness of this complaint is due to health issues last year and Stress Limitation, and also awaiting X Ray and MRI Scan results, plus the consultation with the Consultant Neuro Surgeon in October. We are now going to give Mathew Flis and Atos a chance to resolve this, before taking this matter to Court. It is also our intention to Take legal action against DWP Decision makers Linda George and Anna Rushton.
 I will look forward to a quick and satisfactory response, and hope that my Wife will receive full recognition of this injustice, and she will now be treated in fairness and will receive Redress for the Stress and Consequence of that Stress and Anxiety Caused by Atos Nurse Mathew Flis.
   PS  A copy of this will be posted to  Atos customer relations, to create a paper trail to back this    email.
   A  complaint has also been sent to DWP.


Source: A Husband’s Complaint To ATOS After His Wife’s Face To Face PIP Assessment : Same Difference


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Hated Government welfare tests have unleashed a “pervasive lack of trust” in the system, MPs warn today. Contracting out assessments for Personal Independence Payments and Employment and Support Allowance fuelled victims’ agony, the Commons Work and Pensions Committee reveals.

In a 71-page report, it calls on ministers to scrap the current arrangements and take tests back in house. Chairman Frank Field said: “For the majority of claimants the assessments work adequately, but a pervasive lack of trust is undermining its entire operation. “In turn, this is translating into untenable human costs to claimants and financial costs to the public purse. No one should have any doubt the process needs urgent change.”

Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal – 6% of all those assessed.


Source: PIP/ESA tests ‘trigger lack of trust in system’ [You Think]


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has promised that no disabled people will have their benefits reduced because of its decision to review 1.6 million personal independence payment (PIP) claims.

The review follows last month’s decision by the new work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, that she would not appeal a court ruling that found new rules introduced last year by DWP were unlawful, “blatantly discriminatory” and breached the UN disability convention.

The rules, which were rushed into law by the government last March, had meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP, with many receiving a lower level of financial support as a result, or even no PIP at all.

The new rules were only introduced because an upper tribunal ruling had found that DWP was wrong to say that such PIP claimants should not be entitled to those points.

Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, announced this week that, following McVey’s decision not to appeal the court ruling, DWP would review every one of the 1.6 million PIP claims that have been made since the benefit was introduced in 2013 to see how many had been wrongly assessed and were now entitled to backdated PIP payments.


Source: DWP promises no-one will lose out in huge review of 1.6 million PIP cases | DisabledGo News and Blog

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