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Cruel Tory ruling on disabled benefits overturned in court


Yet another case of what is wrong with the welfare system. The system should be about the person claiming benefits and they should be at the centre of the process. Not as currently where finance is at the centre.

The Care Act 2014 was supposed to ensure the cared for was at the centre and the system would be there for them, but is the Act worth the paper it is written on.

The Governments whole process is ‘not fit for purpose’ as it is based on making savings without a thought for the consequences for those who are in need of care. Whatever savings they believed they would achieve have been more than spent on appeals after appeals and then the resultant events in court.

The Government are proceeding with a short-term view, when they should be proceeding on the long-term outcomes, which are more relevant.

Until the Government see sense then they will be abusing and punishing the disabled, elderly and those in severely poor health, who are reliant on the welfare benefits they are initially being denied to survive.

For many it is too late for the abusing and punishments have been so severe that they could not take anymore and they felt their only relief would be for them to take their own lives.

In effect they have been murdered by the actions of this Government and those responsible should be made to suffer the consequences, whatever they will be.

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My son lives in Cornwall and, aged 45, has been disabled since he was six months old after a vaccination precipitated Salaam epilepsy. In hospital, he contracted meningitis and started a life of physical and, more recently courtesy of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), mental hardship.

Today his eyesight is poor and the right side of his body has atrophied and shortened. He often falls and has to use a stick.

After a recent scan on his right ankle which was causing him discomfort, he was given anti-inflammatories and painkillers. His doctor is currently helping him with a request to be given an electric wheelchair.

He has never been able to hold a full-time job, but occasionally picks up small bits of income working as a DJ and running an online radio station from his home. I have to include all this biographical/medical information so that you can…

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Sick and disabled Brits killed by the state – crime without punishment : Welfare Weekly 


October 2018 is the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), as used by successive UK governments to restrict access to the out-of-work long-term sickness and disability benefit known as the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The most radical reform in British welfare policy since the 1942 Beveridge Report was promoted as offering opportunity and releasing the potential of chronically sick and disabled people. It has been described ever since by politicians and civil servants as “supporting” those in receipt of long-term benefits for chronic illness and disability to return to work, regardless of any clinical diagnosis or prognosis which is completely disregarded by the WCA, rendering the assessment both meaningless and dangerous.

 In reality, the adoption of the WCA in October 2008 introduced the greatest government enforced human suffering in the history of social security funding, as chronically ill people who are too ill to work are being, quite literally, killed by the State with an average of 90 people per month dying after being refused access to ESA and found “fit for work”.

It is surely cause for serious concern to learn that the government’s own mental health technical working group, as used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2006 and 2007 to help to design the WCA, were then disregarded when advising the DWP that the WCA should be abandoned as it would create preventable harm, especially for those with a mental health problem.

As exposed by the Disability News Service: “Ministers and civil servants were “ruthless” and “reckless” in forcing through their new “fitness for work” test and refusing to abandon it, even after they were told of the harm it was causing…”

Perhaps of greater concern is that the 2005 DWP commissioned research “The Scientific and Conceptual Basis for Incapacity Benefits”  by the former DWP Chief Medical Officer Mansel Aylward and former orthopaedic surgeon Gordon Waddell, as used by the DWP to justify the  adoption of the WCA, has been totally discredited and has failed all academic scrutiny.

 

Source: Sick and disabled Brits killed by the state – crime without punishment : Welfare Weekly

MPs have launched a major new inquiry into ‘deeply troubling’ benefit sanctions | DisabledGo News and Blog


MPs have announced they will launch a major new inquiry into “deeply troubling” problems with the benefit sanctions system.

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee will probe the system that has stopped people’s benefits more than 7 million times since 2000.

Sanctions can be imposed for breaching benefit conditions like attending a work placement, or for being minutes late for a Jobcentre appointment.

There have been reports of poor practice in the system, such as people in hospital being sanctioned for missing a benefits appointment.

While most sanctions go to jobseekers, thousands also go to sick and disabled people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

In June 2017 just over 1,400 people on ESA were sanctioned, the highest monthly figure for more than two years.

Sanctions are also on the rise under Universal Credit because the new six-in-one benefit is being rolled out to more people.

In March 2017 15,000 UC claimants were sanctioned – 1,300 of them for more than 14 weeks at a time.

 

Source: MPs have launched a major new inquiry into ‘deeply troubling’ benefit sanctions | DisabledGo News and Blog

Government ‘must do more on disability employment’, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog


The government must do more to offer incentives to businesses to take on disabled people as employees, and to tackle the barriers that prevent them finding jobs, according to cross-party MPs.

MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Conservative party all pushed the government to improve its policies.

Disability Rights UK, which helped secure the debate, said afterwards that it was the first time MPs had debated disabled people and economic growth in the main Commons chamber.

Disabled MP Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, told fellow MPs that the government had done far too little to remove the barriers faced by disabled people in the employment market.

She said: “It is a matter of serious concern that we have a government who barely speak about removing barriers, while actually creating new ones through their austerity cuts and their punitive social security system.”

She said the disability employment gap – the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people – currently stood at more than 31 percentage points, and was even higher for some impairment groups.

De Cordova was among MPs who criticised the government’s Disability Confident scheme, which is supposed to encourage employers to take on disabled employees.

She said it had been “a dismal failure” and “has yet to produce any concrete evidence of results”.

She asked the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, how many disabled people had found jobs as a direct result of the scheme, but Newton later failed to provide an answer.

De Cordova told fellow MPs how one deaf man had been offered a job by an employer signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

But when the employer realised that the man’s Access to Work support would be capped – because of government policy – and they would have to meet the rest of his disability-related workplace costs, the job offer was withdrawn.

 

Source: Government ‘must do more on disability employment’, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog

How changes to disability benefits harm claimants’ well-being and sense of identity


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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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PIP/ESA Assessor: £50 bonus If I see more than 6 claimants a day


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sickening beyond belief

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


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]

Thousands could miss out on backdated benefits payments due to DWP error


I believe this to be Government speech in that they are trying to confuse the issue and thereby not provide the total correct benefits that claimants are entitled to.

They are saying that from 2011 to 2014 some claimants were put on the wrong ESA benefit and this was not corrected until the October 2014 tribunal review.

Surely it was the intention of this tribunal review to correct all the mistakes in that context and not just for a stated few. For if it was not then another tribunal review is required to not only correct the mistakes of the DWP, but to correct the mistakes of the tribunal review.

When mistakes take place, surely the onus is on the authority concerned to correct all of its mistakes for that would be equitable.

Lets all stop playing and put matters right. Mistakes do occur in many organisations but in many of these it does not take a legal ruling to correct the errors, as the organisation just do the right thing and proceed with the correction. To play the onus on another party is completely wrong. I was going to say stand by your principles, but we are involved with the Government and Government departments and therefore they may not have principles or if they have, not of any standing.

Just to the right by all the claimants and correct all your errors and if possible do not make errors in the first place, as there is a cost with the rectification. If done correctly first time then these costs would not have to occur. and that, surely, is in all our interests.

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Ministers will pay arrears to thousands of ESA claimants back to October 2014, despite mistakes taking place from 2011.

Thousands could miss out on backdated benefits payments due to DWP error

  • Thousands of people claiming disability benefits could miss out on up to three years of backdated payments, despite the Department for Work and Pensions taking responsibility for the error.

    Ministers have confirmed they will pay arrears to thousands of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants back to October 2014, despite mistakes taking place from 2011.

    The DWP said a landmark tribunal ruling that month fundamentally changed the benefit, and that legally they cannot pay arrears beyond that point.

    Labour MP Frank Field joined campaigners in demanding the Government stops playing Scrooge and backdates claims to when any error first took place.

    Work and Pensions select committee chairman Frank Field
    Work and Pensions select committee chairman Frank Field (Anthony Devlin/PA)

    But the Tories hit back at Mr Field, saying the relevant legislation was brought in when he was a welfare…

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Mary Creagh raises fears for disabled people on benefits


Who is responsible for checking quality, it appears no one is, only criteria is push through the assessments be they right or wrong. Somewhere there has to be accountability and why do these companies not only continue to be allowed to undertake assessments, but they are continually awarded new contracts.

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Sick and disabled people are being turned down for benefits because “inappropriate” people are carrying out health assessments. YOU THINK

That’s according to Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, who told the House of Commons of dozens of letters she has received from worried claimants.

 https://twitter.com/MaryCreaghMP/status/942786325475938304

Speaking in parliament yesterday, Ms Creagh said the assessment process was failing people trying to get Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

Private companies Atos and Capita carry out assessment under contracts with the government.

Ms Creagh said: “Forty people in Wakefield have written to me with their concerns that, at their employment and support allowance or PIP assessment, they were not seen by an appropriate person.

“That includes one person with mental health problems, who was assessed by a paramedic.”

The Work and Pensions Select Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into PIP and ESA assessments.

Cruel benefit tests mean some vulnerable…

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