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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government policy – and they would have to meet the rest of his disability-related workplace costs, the job offer was withdrawn.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

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.

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.

DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs


In response to pressure from the Work and Pensions Select Committee the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that its target for upholding original PIP and ESA decisions at the first stage of appeal, known as Mandatory Reconsideration (MR), will be dropped.

On 28 November the Committee wrote to DWP with concerns about MRs, which had come up in the Committee’s current inquiry into the medical assessments carried out by ATOS, Maximus and Capita to inform DWP’s decisions on awards of disability benefits PIP and ESA.

The Committee had heard of “pressure to turn out numbers” in relation to both the original decision and at MR stage, and that MRs simply “rubber stamp” the original decision. The DWP revealed in an FOI request in May 2017 that one of the performance indicators for MRCs was that 80% of the original decisions are to be upheld.

The Committee queried how a target for upholding original decisions could be compatible with ensuring that questionable reports are thoroughly investigated, and erroneous decisions identified and corrected.

 

Source: DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs

DBC gives evidence to Work and Pensions Select Committee


The 4 witnesses from Citizens Advice, Scope, National Mencap and Sense are certainly tell the Work and Pension Select Committee about their findings regarding PIP and ESA assessments, but to what effect.

Hopefully the Select Committee will use this and other evidence to make major changes to the PIP and ESA progresses to improve them for the betterment of all claimants.

Another person with terminal cancer dies after being found fit to work by DWP


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.

Stop UK lies & corruption

A man with terminal cancer died before he was able to appeal a ruling by the Department for Work and Pensions which stated he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson, 46, had been working at a hotel in the Lake District but was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also had psoriatic arthritis and a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and OCD.

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