‘Obscene’ 18-month delay for DWP complaints


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).

Secret panel probe links between DWP & claimant deaths


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.

After all these years, the DWP is still trying to convince us that amputated feet heal | Vox Political


Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it. That’s what the Tories think. Right? But it’s quite difficult when we’re being told that this has healed: Tommy Weir’s…

Source: After all these years, the DWP is still trying to convince us that amputated feet heal | Vox Political

Benefits for older people with mobility needs


This is pure discrimination of which the UK Legal System is also guilty of.

While isolation can occur at any age, it is very common with the elderly and could increase as age increases.

So the age restrictions on PIP and the former DLA for new claims is a direct action or non-action to increase the rate of isolation, when more should be occurring to combat it.

It is purported that the UK is a caring country, but all the fact show it is far from it.

This is a situation which all former Governments are guilty of and it goes without saying that the current is more guilty than the others.

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.

Capita benefits assessor who ‘laughed‘ at disabled woman is suspended


Is this a change for the better by the DWP in PIP assessment or even any assessments, well we need to wait for the final outcome. But I do welcome the speed with which Capita offered the £600 compensation.

T%hese actions have been a long time in coming, as many other assessments should also have been dealt with accordingly.

However, the best outcome would be the total withdrawal of all these assessments, which are plainly an insult to all claimants.

Petition for dead man DWP said ‘wasn’t sick enough’ is axed because of election


This is a shameful act as the Epetition should be reinstated once the General Election has finished.

If this is not achieved then petioners should boycott the EPetition site and go to others which are not affected,

It is a Gross infringement of Freedom of Speech.

But then the DWP is a Gross Infringement.

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?

Only one disability charity fully supports Jodey Whiting petition


Is this a surprise, for it should not be.

For some of the national charities do receive some form of Government funding and it has been suggested that theyreceive this funding to undertaken some specific work and in doing so they are required to sign a clause stipulating that they will not criticise the Government. For if they do, they may not receive the funding.

This is a dilemma for these charities as they would like the funding as this will enhance the charity funds and enable them to do more inaccordance with their aims.

But, if the Government is appearing to not fully support persons with disabilities these charities voices will be mooted.

Disabled People Hit Four Times Harder By Welfare Changes


In general having a disability or disabilities means it costs more to live, therefore if the benefits system penalises persons with disabilities, not only do they not have the additional income, but effectively less income.

How can this be equality?