Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes – Welfare Weekly

More than 100 disability organisations sign open letter demanding better protections for disabled people affected by coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes – Welfare Weekly

ESA sanctions fall close to zero

I am skeptical of this information from the DWP as statistics and information can be used to prove anything.

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ESA sanctions fall close to zero, but concerns remain over JSA and universal credit – By John Pring

DWP entrance at Caxton House, Westminster

The number of disabled people on the main out-of-work disability benefit who are being sanctioned by the government for failing to meet strict conditions has fallen close to zero, following years of criticism of the harsh regime.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures published this week show that only 122 employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants were subject to a sanction in June last year, although the average (median) sanction being faced by those claimants last June was still as long as 98 days.

Such sanctions only apply to those ESA claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) who have failed to attend a mandatory interview or take part in work-related activity. The figure of 122 claimants (0.04 per cent) under sanction compares with a peak of 5,565 claimants (1.04 per…

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Why are we learning about disabled Errol Graham TWO YEARS after the DWP stopped his benefits and he starved to death? | Vox Political

Someone did a good job of hushing up this abomination. If John Pring hadn’t reported the inquest on Disability News Service, we might never have learned how the Department for Work and Pensio…

Source: Why are we learning about disabled Errol Graham TWO YEARS after the DWP stopped his benefits and he starved to death? | Vox Political

The DWP either just lied or is clueless about a cut to disability benefits | The Canary

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister appears to have lied about one of the most controversial benefit cuts of recent years. Either that or he’s got his facts completely wrong. Because while he claimed the cut made “no savings”, that’s not what the government said when it rolled it out. And now, following the original publication of this article, the DWP has amended the minister’s comments to say that information about the savings is “not available”.

The DWP: remember this cut?

Source: The DWP either just lied or is clueless about a cut to disability benefits | The Canary

Former carer who waited months for disability benefit was turned down because he was in hospital for too long

Why do these problems keep occuring with Disability Benefit applications, irrespective which benefit is being applied for?

Could it be that the systems lack ‘common sense’, it would appear so.

The system is adhered to rigidly, when, if common sense was applied the rigidity could be overcome.

However, the benefits system is under the direction of the DWP, a Government department and that is the problem for there is no common sense in Government, in fact, in politics completely.

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Peter faced a long wait for his PIP, only to be told his application could not be processed, he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery in December last year after suffering a severe hernia in his stomach, he never imagined he’d spend months in hospital.

Peter went through an incredibly difficult time (Photo: Peter Wilson) Another “fit” for work claimant

He’d already been left disabled following a life-saving bowel operation years earlier, and because of the scar tissue left behind, the second procedure failed. It meant he had to undergo further treatment, leaving him bedbound in hospital for almost five months.

It was a terrible time for the 52-year-old. Just two weeks earlier his severely disabled sister, Susan, whom he’d cared for for almost 30 years, died after contracting sepsis.

The only solace he had was that he would be returning to the two-bedroom bunglaow they’d shared in Hull once he left hospital, and hopefully receiving the disability benefits he’d…

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Man ‘bullied’ into attending benefits interview days after brain surgery

Is there something seriously wrong with the DWP for how can so many mistakes be made and continue to be made.

When will the immortal phrase be uttered ‘Lessons will be learnt’, for are lessons ever learnt, for it would appear they are not in many of the organisations where they need to be.

Are these organisations willing to learn or are there other reasons?

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Sunderland dad ‘bullied’ into attending benefits interview only days after brain surgery for Parkinson’s disease, he is battling serious illness and related how he was “bullied” into attending a benefits interview only days after undergoing brain surgery.

Russ Bradford is angry at having to attend a benefits assessment meeting only a week after undergoing brain surgery.

Russ Bradford, who has had two eight inch probes inserted into his head as part of his treatment for Parkinson’s disease, feared his disability payments would be reduced or even stopped if he did not attend the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) sanctioned assessment.

Mr Bradford, who has fought the degenerative illness for eight years, insists he told the DWP about the planned surgery and its six-week estimated recovery period during previous correspondence more than a month before the operation date.

The father of two was then stunned to receive a letter – which arrived just days before he was admitted to hospital – instructing him to attend the Sunderland assessment.


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Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one

Is this another Government Benefit disaster waiting to happen, for while the theory sounds sound the practical aspects never appear to go right for the benefit claimants.

Is this just accidental or is it Government policy?

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Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners.

Therese Coffey speaking to the work and pensions committee

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to offer a single face-to-face assessment – with the agreement of the claimant – that would replace and merge the current work capability assessment (WCA) and the assessment for personal independence payment (PIP).

A parliamentary petition calling on DWP to abandon the plans was signed by more than 7,000 people earlier this year. But the new work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey, mentioned the proposals as she gave evidence for the first time yesterday (Wednesday) in front of the Commons work and pensions select committee.

In an evidence session marked by apparent frustration and even anger from some opposition MPs, Coffey (pictured) also insisted that – despite repeated and serious concerns raised by disabled activists, campaigners, charities and MPs – the new…

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TRULY BARBARIC: This Is What It’s Like Fighting For Disability Benefits When You’re Terminally Ill

The atrocities go on and on and no, lessons are not being learnt, for to learn you have to have a willingness to do so and by doing so would you then qualify for your bonus. See

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“The DWP wanted to speak to mum when she was unconscious, they asked me to wake her up.”

Terminally ill people are having to fight for disability benefits, with some being denied special fast-track benefits altogether under a system said to be “truly barbaric”.

As the government comes under mounting pressure to scrap a controversial rule that says people with a terminal illness must prove they have six months or less to live in order to access fast-track benefits, HuffPostUK has spoken to two families who have had to endure months or years of financial uncertainty at the same time as dealing with a terminal diagnosis.

Son Forced To Use Student Loan To Pay For Dead Mum’s Funeral

For one family in Belfast the grief of losing their mother was compounded by serious financial troubles following her death as a result of delays in benefits payments.

Mother-of-three Carol Doonan [below]…

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DWP probe into tragic six-stone Stephen Smith insists they followed policy’

Personalisation and Person-centred care, NHS England currently have a project to promote the aforementioned in Hospitals and admit there is a long way to go.

If this is being progressed in Hospital care, why not promote it within the benefits system.

Is it that no one notices how benefit claimants are, because they are not dealt with on a human basis, but are just a number within the system and treated as inanimate objects.

Bring personalisation and person-centred processing into the benefit system and benefit claimants may be treated better.

But if there is a long way to go in health, then in the benefits system the way is so long it could go to infinity.

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DWP probe into tragic six-stone Stephen Smith insists department ‘followed policy’ when repeatedly denying him vital benefits. Secretary of State accused of treating tragic Liverpool man like ‘a lost package’ after internal review.


This was the condition Stephen Smith was in in hospital in December – before he fought and won a tribunal allowing him vital benefits(Image: Liverpoool Echo)
An investigation into the treatment of six-stone Stephen Smith – who was wrongly denied benefits before his death – has shockingly found that the DWP ‘followed policy’.

The 64-year-old Liverpool man was repeatedly and incorrectly turned down for benefits while suffering with a number of serious illnesses before his death.

Mr Smith, from Kensington, died a short time after he was forced to get a pass out from hospital to overturn an incorrect decision to deprive him of vital benefits for several years.

His range of debilitating illnesses meant that he had…

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Claudette Lawrence and her petition to help stop people with disabilities travelling long distances

I have queried with a DWP manager that, could not home visits be part of the agenda and have been informed that home visits can be requested and that they do take place.

However, what I failed to ask was, what is the criteria, which I should have done.

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Last year I started a petition, calling on the Government to stop asking people with disabilities to travel unfair distances to medical assessments when claiming health-related benefits and to stop asking them to pay for letters from their GP to prove they need a home assessment.

With the help of the organisation 38 degrees, I started an online petition which led to a meeting with government officials – Louise Everett deputy director of employment and support allowance policy, and John Andrae, assistant to secretary of state Amber Rudd – at the time of presenting the petition, I had 208,922 signatures.

I was told there that people should not be asked to travel more than 90 minutes to any assessment. I gave them examples of individual cases of people who did not want to be named because of the stigma around disability and benefits, such as a friend of mine who was…

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