Disabled people forced to go through two disability benefit assessments : Welfare Weekly


The Benefits and Work website have reported that a number of their members in recent weeks have been been made to go through a second Personal Independent Payment (PIP) assessment before a decision is made on their award, because there was a problem with the first assessment report.

One member faced a two hour assessment on Christmas Eve. In January they were contacted by Capita and told that the assessment was “incomplete” and that someone was to be “sent round to finish it.”

Capita have refused to say what information was missing and would not provide a copy of the report until it was complete.

 

Source: Disabled people forced to go through two disability benefit assessments : Welfare Weekly

Is UK Government breaking international law over welfare policies?


I am not surprised that the UK Prime Minister’s office did not offer comment as this Government is not recognising the findings already published by the UN regarding UK welfare reforms. As is stated in 2016 the UN findings showed that the UK welfare reforms had led to “grave and systemic violations” of disabled people’s rights, which the UK Government disputed.

How can it be that the UK, which is greatly involved in the UN, being they are one of the prime countries in the UN Security council is failing to take on board findings from the UN regarding the results of the already created UK welfare reforms are having on the lives of people with disabilities within the UK.

What is the point in having the UN if one of their major members is ignoring comments made by the UN.

Should, in fact, the UK be allowed to remain on the UN Security council.

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


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

Universal Credit may have dominated the headlines, but disability benefits are in chaos too


It would appear that DWP PIP are in a different Universe as they are unaware of what is occurring in this one or is their first reaction to lie as they are stating the opposite of what is now, apparently, being proceeded with.

Britain’s bill for disability benefits has soared from £2billion in today’s money after WW2 to £37billion a year now : Daily Mail.


The Institute for Economic Affairs are dealing with disability and employment on a generational. They are assuming that all disabled people will be able to undertake some form of employment and that these employments are there to be found. In many instances this may be so, but disability covers an extremely wide spectrum and the differing areas of disability also cover a wide spectrum.

In many of these differing areas there will be a substantial number of persons, who through no fault of their own will never be able to be employed due to the extent and nature of their disability.

Unfortunately neither the Government, the media, the Institute for Economic Affairs and others are not taking this into account.

Then to decentralise processing of disability related benefits is opening up the system to a Post Code Lottery, where some parts of the UK will be better dealt with than others. Also it also opens the system up to allocation of priorities as is the situation with health, where the CCGs, Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for allocating funding to how they view the priorities in their areas. This could and does mean that some health conditions are dealt with better in some areas than others.

Equality should be available to all.

Also, you should not deal with the rate of increase in disability related benefits from WW2 to now without viewing other aspects of finance, such as salaries, inflation, evolution of the market workplace, improvements in living standards and progression of medical science. For with the latter more persons with disabilities are living longer, but still way behind those who are not disabled and the extent and range of disabilities are more varied.

All this and more needs to be reflected, than the bold statement from the  Institute for Economic Affairs.

‘Harrowing’ time of life on disability benefits laid bare : Morning Star.


A system not ‘fir for purpose’ as it is one fits all. The Government and DWP forget that what ever they introduce it should be for the benefit for the people to whom it is intended and that these people are not objects, but human beings with feelings, emotions and because of their conditions they will have good or bad days, which in the majority of cases will be outwith their control.

Yes, employment of some nature may be good for some, but not all and then what form of employment and for how long. Are there really employers out there who will even accommodate these various forms of employment and will they be understanding and be prepared to provide the required support, be it tailored training, emotional flexibility and many others.

Have the Government and the DWP even looked at what employment is there to be offered, but mainly do they care and perhaps the latter is the one that should concern us all. If, they do not care, then there is no hope.

Boy born with half a heart has disability benefits taken away – on his 8th birthday


The system is not ‘fit for purpose’, that is for the claimants, but is for the Government, for their sole purpose is to remove welfare benefits from as many people as possible irrespective of the persons whole need for these benefits. By the Government doing this they are extending pain and suffering to these claimants, thereby robbing people to live a reasonable life.

Benefit tales

A boy born with half a heart had benefits used to help provide him essential 24-hour care taken away on his birthday.

Ben Gamble, who attends Whitley Primary School, was born without a left ventricle meaning his heart only has one pump instead of two – making it difficult for blood to be pumped around his body.

He has undergone five heart operations, has been resuscitated twice, and will need a transplant if he is to reach adulthood. The youngster, who refers to his chest scars as his ‘zip’, also faces his next operation around Christmas time.

His conditions severely limits his ability to undertake physical activity, such as playing with friends, and he can’t even take on the 500-metre walk to school from his house without having to stop to rest.  Once at school, his ability to concentrate is affected by restricted blood flow to his brain and he…

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DWP piles WCA demand onto ‘humiliated’ abuse survivor | DisabledGo News and Blog


A government contractor has told a traumatised abuse survivor he must be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA), just a week after a minister faced a call to resign for threatening to stop another of his disability benefits. Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, caused outrage last week after it emerged that he had threatened the man – who is waiting to give evidence about the abuse in court – that his benefits would be stopped if he failed to co-operate with a personal independence payment (PIP) reassessment by Atos. David* is a key witness in the trial and has been told by police not to discuss his case, or allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Atos access to his medical records, because the court proceedings are live and the case is sub judice. DWP finally agreed earlier this month to stop contacting David until after the end of the trial, although he later received a further letter from Atos and a threatening letter from Tomlinson via his

Source: DWP piles WCA demand onto ‘humiliated’ abuse survivor | DisabledGo News and Blog

Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog


The new work and pensions secretary has sent out mixed signals on whether he wants to make further cuts to spending on disability benefits. Stephen Crabb, who was appointed after the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith in March, was giving evidence for the first time to the Commons work and pensions select committee yesterday (11 April). He referred at least six times during the evidence session to the number of disabled people who had been “parked” on sickness and disability benefits, and said that addressing this issue was one of his three current priorities. He said there were more than a million working-age people who were claiming both employment and support allowance (ESA) and either personal independence payment (PIP) or disability living allowance, as well as another million people claiming just ESA. He said: “I want to really think about this problem not from a position of setting ourselves a monetary figure of what we are trying to cut off the budget but actually understand what

Source: Crabb’s mixed signals on fresh disability benefit cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog