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Now there is one more and how many since this one more, surely anyone with any brain cells can see that this system is ‘not fit for purpose’ as for as the public and all others who care.

But it is ‘fit for purpose’ for all those who do not care.

Where do the DWP and the Government and the ESA assessors fit into the above mentioned ‘fit for purpose’ comments, I will leave this to you, but I feel it is not that difficult to decide.

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This Writer has been meaning to look into this information, and how it ties in with other sources of information that condemn the way ESA is administered by the Conservative-run Department for Work and Pensions.

In the meantime, here’s the Disability News Service piece:

“Shocking” NHS statistics have revealed that almost half of the people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit in England have attempted suicide at some point in their life.

The figures, showing rates of self-harm among claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA), were published by NHS Digital in September 2016, but have apparently never been reported by the media.

Although only one in 15 adults (6.7 per cent) in the general population had ever made a suicide attempt, that rose to 43.2 per cent for ESA claimants, and as high as 47.1 per cent for female ESA claimants.

 

Source: ‘Shocking’ NHS stats show nearly half ESA claimants have attempted suicide  : voxpoliticalonline.com


Is this really a surprise, what is surprising is how ATOS and Capita can continue to be awarded Government contracts in the light of all this. Or is it that Quality does not really matter, for do the Government care about how persons with disabilities and others on low pay are allowed to live their lives.

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Atos and Capita have never even met their target once, according to the DWP’s current quality control scheme for Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Theresa May’s government has released performance data about tests run by Atos and Capita

Thousands of disability benefit tests have been branded “unacceptable” by the government’s own quality control scheme.

Bombshell new figures say neither Atos nor Capita – the outsourcing giants paid more than £500mto assess people for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – are meeting the target of 97% of assessments conforming to standards.

Latest audits show 6.4% of PIP benefit assessments were deemed “unacceptable” in the three months to October 2017.

The two firms have never met the target once, according to the current method of measuring performance.

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SNP Social Justice spokesperson at Westminster Neil Gray MP has said the Tories need to face up to the fact that they are still planning to ‘plunge hundreds of thousands more people into poverty’ with their Universal Credit policies (UC), and that the public must be allowed to see the internal assessment reports.

The comments come as a result of today’s UC debate in which the UK government minister responsible -David Gauke – made a concession which would mean he will make available redacted copies of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment reports on Universal Credit, to the Westminster Work and Pensions committee.

However, the Secretary of State confirmed to Neil Gray during the debate that he will still challenge the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruling to publish the reports at the High Court.

The ICO has already said they should be published publicly and in full – as that is specifically in the public interest.

 

Source: Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports


How Charles Dickens reinvented Christmas and the current Tory Government have removed Christmas. It is a pity that the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are not available to visit The Prime Minister Theresa May and all of her Ministers.

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I am a great Dickens fan and love his work as well as his philanthropy and exposure of the treatment of the poor, I think he’d turn in his grave if he saw how the Victorian poverty he witnessed is back. The more I add articles about the poor denied benefits via Universal Credit to the despicable treatment of the disabled denied PIP/ESA the more I’m convinced that the Tories are adhering to Thatcher’s ideology by taking us back to Victorian “values People unaffected by the welfare “reforms” are either 1) unconcerned about what is happening to the jobless/disabled/poor 2) Blissfully unaware that they are one illness/accident or job loss from suffering the same fate as millions of others and when they ask what help they can get, they will be told:

Ebenezer:But have they no refuge, no resource?
Spirit of Christmas Present: [quoting Scrooge] Are there no…

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This is a continuing trend and is anyone at the DWP listening as all they do is quote the statistics re claims submitted, those approved, those declined and those successful at appeal.

Unfortunately you can use statistics to prove virtually anything that you wish to and Government departments at Ace in this, if nothing else.

What they should be looking at is the standard of those claims that are declined to be then approved on appeal, to ensure whatever needs to be learned to achieve an even greater success rate of correctly dealing with claims instead of just juggling figures.

This would not only save money, as every case going to appeal costs more then a correctly assessed original claim. Is it that they are so focused on declining claims that accuracy takes a backseat and in doing so more money is required to the assessing process than should be if the claim had originally been assessed correctly.

This, if looked at logically, is a nonsensical approach and is purely down to shortsightedness and a refusal to learn from mistakes.

Not only is it costing more money within the finality of the process, but even more importantly is the distress and harm it is causing for the respected claimants, who in the longer term are causing more resources to be required within, not only with Social Care, but also the the health services to manage the health conditions that theses assessment processes are causing the respected claimants to suffer from.

For all concerned why can they not ensure that they get it right the first time.

Maybe, as many feel, the DWP just do not care how much suffering they are responsible for.

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Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017. Picture: BERNARD CRANE

Bethen Thorpe, who has an incurable brain condition, has spoken out against the way the government checks claims for disability benefits after a charity revealed almost a third of people with multiple sclerosis who apply for the payment had their claims turned down between April 2013 and and April 2017.

A woman with an incurable brain disease has spoken out about the battle she faced to get disability benefit after a charity revealed almost a third of sufferers have claims denied.

Thorpe, of North Hill, Highgate, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in October 2014. She was forced to apply for disability benefit after extreme fatigue, balance issues and poor eyesight meant she had to give up a job as The Victoria pub landlady.

But the 41-year-old, whose condition means she is unable to walk long distances, had to travel to Chelmsford for an assessment after sending a 35 page…

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Labour MP Frank Field says closure of helpline for eight days over Christmas risks leaving some of poorest claimants without money for food.

 

Source : Universal credit helpline’s festive closure could mean destitution, says MP : Welfare Weekly


This is a disgraceful situation and only goes to prove that the benefit system is not ‘fit for purpose’.

It also goes to show that the ‘so called’ , health professionals are not trained sufficiently to consider all aspects of each individual condition they will come across when they are assessing the various claims being put before them.

For some of these health professionals are asking claimants who have progressive life-long conditions when they expect they will recover, this just shows their ignorance for you do not recover from life-long progressive conditions only get considerably worse.

From the vast numbers of claimants who have had their claims turned down only to be awarded on appeal shows their complete lack of understand what they are doing. Or is it they are not there to correctly assess a claim, but to go to any lengths to turned as many claims as they wish to.

I believe each assessor should be assessed on their ability to assess correctly by using the appeals process as a measure of each individuals assessors ability to assess correctly and then they should be remunerated accordingly.

What is really the situation here is it to grant benefits to persons who are entitled to them or is the first priority to turn down claims. From the publicity and the stated statistics which are published it would appear to be the later.

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‘A DWP spokesperson said: “Decisions for PIP are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.

“PIP assessments are carried out by qualified health professionals who combine their clinical knowledge with an understanding of the fact that not everyone with the same disability is impacted in the same way. Anyone who is unhappy with a decision can appeal, and may submit additional evidence. Most people leaving the Motability scheme are eligible for a one-off payment of up to £2000 to help meet their needs.”’

Who are they trying to convince, they may be qualified health professionals, but in what area of health, is it related to the areas they are now coming into contact with. Their clinical knowledge could be very limited.

The spokesperson states ‘not everyone with the same disability is impacted in the same way’, but the way these supposed qualified health professionals re conducting themselves would appear this is not the case.

More likely they have targets to achieve related to how many claims they turn down, because this is just a costs saving exercise. Or it purports to be, but in reality the quantity of the appeals and the success rate will be proving otherwise.

The decisions made should be right first time and the qualified health professionals should be more experienced in the areas in which they are coming into contact with.

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After months of rehabilitation and using a wheelchair, she fought back and, although part of her left leg is still paralysed, she was able to get back to her job – which she has loved for over 20 years – thanks to the mobility car she received from the DWP.

Now, after failing part of the assessment for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit, she faces the prospect of handing back her vital vehicle.

Gwen (42), from Bonnybridge, said: “After having the…

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DWP defending the indefensible, why cannot common sense prevail.

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The post was at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South East London and requires a masters degree and a doctorate

 Lorraine Humphrey from Epsom a jobseeker who left school in 1980 with just 4 CSEs

A WOMAN with one GCSE was told her benefits would be cut unless she applied to be a £103,000-a-year forensic psychologist.

Lorraine Humphrey, 53, was considered a candidate for the post as a hospital consultant despite having no qualifications.

She had told jobcentre staff after being made redundant that she was interested in vacancies for carers.

Other roles recommended to her included a senior staff nurse and a children’s home manager.

The vacancies were listed when Lorraine, who also has four old-style CSEs, used an official online tool called Universal Jobmatch.

Failure to follow them up meant she risked losing her £73-a-week benefits.

Lorraine, of Epsom, Surrey, said yesterday after becoming a carer again without jobcentre help: “It was stupid. I’d love £103,000 a year. But I don’t think they’d give me…

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