High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK

The High Court has decided the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did not act unlawfully by denying nearly two million disabled people emergency funding to help them survive the pandemic.


Yes, yet again disabled people not supported by the legal system, are our courts really independent from politics or are they as the US Courts.

No justice again, we know the Government doesn’t care about disabled people, but the courts should.

Source: High Court rules against legacy benefits claimants | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK

DWP’s watchdog demands £1,000 benefit boost for millions

It is with dismay that the DWP appear to be blaming software for problems in not updating ‘Legacy’ benefits, for surely it is their responsibility to ensure software is uptodate.

If it was with regards to their own salaries, they would not stand for it, so why should people on Legacy Benefits.

‘Own the problems’ and do not make excuses.

Universal Credit Claimants punished for not having Mobile Phones.

The problems re Universal Credit continue to mount, but that is not stopping the rollout, for they are now starting to request claimants with ‘legacy benefits’where there are no changes in circumstances to apply for Universal Credit.

I am informed that a small pilot has been commenced in Harrogate.

Surely all problems should have been sorted before this should occur and what is happening to the forecast loss of benefits when transferred to Universal Credit.

Has this or has it not been sorted?

With regards to mobile phones or even any internet access, is it readily known that if the appication is started on-line, then this is the only means of communication.

Whereas, if the application is started by phone, access can be made by phone or on-line.

Where does this leave people with no internet access and maybe this is the reference to mobile phones, for these claimant will have no readily form of access and will need to beg or borrow from relations and friends or make visits to Job Centres on each and every occasion.

Are the DWP concerned about this, well some in the DWP are, for it is some individuals from the DWP who brought this to my attention.

But are the decision makers in Government/DWP listening, I fear not.

If they are not listening to this, how many other areas are they not listening to.

Unfortunately the system is in charge and all avenues are dictated to by the system, but people are individuals and individuals are , in most instances, different and maybe different day by day, especially persons with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Any areas where individuals are or should be the focus, need to be ‘person-centred’.

Just as the phrase “person centred” suggests, a Person Centred Approach is about ensuring someone with a disability is at the centre of decisions which relate to their life. A person centred process involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas, and seeking feedback.
Generally this is related to health
personcentred approach to nursing focuses on the individual’s personal needs, wants, desires and goals so that they become central to the care and nursing process. This can mean putting the person’s needs, as they define them, above those identified as priorities by healthcare professionals.
However, although this  ‘person-centred’  approach is an essential requirement where persons have disabilities and health related circumstances it should not be restricted to persons with disabilities, for we are all different, but possibly, persons with disabilities even more so due to the degrees of their disabilities.
Blaming systems is a gerneral excuse, where people are not sure how they can help, are afraid to speak out or do not wish to help.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Unite day of action against Universal Credit, Thursday 1st August

(Details of Actions, including in Ipswich, on the Saturday, to follow).

In the meantime somebody is happy:

While Amber Rudd basks in her success, and we await copies of the Boris Johnson Guide, Protect and Survive a No-Deal Brexit,  the mess that is Universal Credit continues to pile up.

Our newshounds have often posted about the “all digital” “on-line” problem-creating side of the madcap scheme to make everybody poorer.

Even the Boris Backing Currant Bun has admitted that,


Universal Credit’s online system ‘requires huge amounts of mobile data and doesn’t alert…

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Disabled benefit claimants forced to pay for GP letters they don’t need : Welfare Weekly

Disabled people are being forced to travel several miles to attend benefit assessments and pay for GP letters they don’t actually need, it has been revealed.

The Department for Work and Pensions are allowing private companies like Capita, who are in charge of carrying out benefit assessments, to make it more difficult for people to get the financial support they desperately need.

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK Government to end the injustice.


Source: Disabled benefit claimants forced to pay for GP letters they don’t need : Welfare Weekly