DWP Refusing To Follow Recommendations During Cost Of Living Crisis – The poor side of life


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…

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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

Thérèse Coffey says she wouldn’t publish reports exploring impact of welfare reform | The National


A MINISTER in the UK Government has been accused of deliberately attempting to hide the impact of wide-ranging welfare reforms by concealing a…

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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 ask Coffey why she is hiding nine secret DWP reports – Disability News Service


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…

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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

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 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

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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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

How many more DWP deaths will there be?


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.

DWP extends benefit sanctions against disabled people just as new lockdown begins – Mirror Online


EXCLUSIVE: People who fail to attend a ‘fit-for-work’ test over the phone have been at risk of a sanction since November 2 – two days after Boris Johnson announced the new shutdown in England. And it includes many people on Universal Credit

Source: DWP extends benefit sanctions against disabled people just as new lockdown begins – Mirror Online

Capita PIP Assessors Slam Employer And Claimants


PIP Assessors and Capita, well what can be said, claimants have said much about them and a lot is not good, so are the assessors doing payback to claimants.

But benefits are a very emotive subject, as many claimants are coming at a time of great need, so any problems could well cause comments from claimants, no matter how or not justified there are.

But, assessors are supposed to be professionals, well they are being paid to do a job of employment and therefore it is very unprofessional to make adverse comments at all about about claimants, let alone on the various media outlets.

Similar could be said about assessors criticising their employers, Capita, but, I feel Capita are big enough to take it.

With all the various criticisms of the benefit system, Capita and to some extent Atos and some assessors, should this benefit and others still be maintained in the private sector.

I believe not and it should be transferred in-house to the DWP, who may not be any better, but then they could be better.

Will the Government do this, well it appears not and it looks like they are not prepared to mention why.

Is it because they do not wish to admit failure, when it is staring everyone in the face, or are there other reasons, which we could only speculate on.

Whatever, it is and there could be many reasons, it is apparent that the benefit process is not ‘fit for purpose’ in many respects, but not all as some claimants could well be happy with their outcomes, but are not as vocal as those who are not.

The benefit process is in dire need of improvement as are many other areas this Government has meddled with, lets not mention Test and Trace. Oh, too late I have.

This Government needs to put many actions in place to improve many areas, but are they up to it, well that is the question and currently it appears the answer is NO.

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Assessors allegedly working for Capita have given a string of 1 star reviews for the company on the Indeed website, slamming long hours and unpredictable audits. Some warned of a lack of care or compassion for claimants, but one former assessor calls claimants “aggressive liars” and “supposed invalids” whilst another claimed that they had been “physical and verbally abused” and had a claimant “stork” them.

The reviews all appear on the Indeed website and we have no way of knowing whether they are all from genuine current or former employees of Capita. But they go all the way from the present back to 2014 and it would be very surprising if Capita had not taken action long ago if they believed they were bogus.

Dissatisfaction with Capita clearly goes back years and it seems that a switch to telephone interviews since the…

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