SNP condemns “unfair” disparity between old and new benefit systems.
More than 100 disability organisations sign open letter demanding better protections for disabled people affected by coronavirus pandemic.
Time after time the DWP have shown they can not be trusted and now is the time to put things right.
The DWP should be thoroughly investigated and taken to task.
The Department for Work and Pensions has been accused of “a cover-up” after destroying reports into suicides linked to benefits being stopped. Around 50 reviews into deaths following the loss of social security payments before 2015 have been shredded, officials have admitted – blaming data protection laws.
However, the data watchdog has said there was no requirement to destroy the reports by any particular date and that a “public interest” exemption could have been used. The sister of Tim Salter, a benefit claimant who killed himself soon after his benefits were stopped in 2013, accused the DWP of “trying to cover up” what was happening to “vulnerable” people.
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This is disgraceful and should not be allowed to occur.
For a start the DWP, has should all Government departments, be more transparent and also honest and open. Unfortunately all this is someting outside the ‘norm’ for the Government and this also includes all Local Authorities and maybe those of Health.
For anyone to go to a complaints body takes some strength, as you are going against a large public body, which you are and will be again relying upon, will they hold the complaints against them and treat you are your relative worse than before.
Of course they will say they will not, but it has not been unknown in some authorities.
In some instances the complaints procedures themselves are ‘not fit for purpose.
That been said I do like that you can not refer until the complaint response letter has been issued, unlike going to the Ombudsman where their time period starts from when the complaint was initiated and there is a limit of 1 year. If that was so re this complaint then it would have been too late to go to the Independent Complaints body.
If certainly feel that the Ombudsman needs to change, could I say to Independent Case Examiner (ICE).
People with the most serious complaints about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have to wait 18 months before their cases are investigated. BBC Radio 4’s Money Box has also learnt that nearly two-thirds of investigations miss their target of being cleared within 20 weeks.
One man in dispute with one of its agencies called the delay “obscene”.
The DWP said it understands “the impact that waiting for an investigation can have on people and their families.” The most common complaints to the DWP include things like a failure to follow proper procedures, excessive delays and poor customer service.
Alan, who did not want his real name used, said he faces nearly a four-year wait in total before his case is resolved. He first complained to the government-run Child Maintenance Service (CMS) in November 2017. He says it took thousands of pounds of a redundancy payment directly from his bank account.
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I suppose we should welcome this secret panel, but in reality the panel should have been there since the Benefit scandals started to occur and it should not be secret, for this is truly in the ‘Public Interest’.
Lets do hope the panel will reach conclusions, conclusions that we already know and exact change immediately.
Whenever the reports are formed they need to be made public without delay.
Ministers have secretly launched a new panel that will examine deaths linked to serious failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), apparently without informing MPs and peers. Its launch only emerged when DWP admitted that the circumstances surrounding the death of Errol Graham had been referred to the panel.
Graham starved to death after DWP wrongly removed his out-of-work benefits, leaving him without any income. He weighed just four-and-a-half stone when he was found by bailiffs who had knocked down his front door to evict him.
DWP civil servants had failed to seek further medical evidence from his GP, just as in many other notorious cases that have sparked repeated calls for an independent inquiry into links between the deaths of claimants and DWP failings.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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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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?
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, 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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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?
Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners.
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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