More than 4,500 sick and disabled people wrongly refused benefits, DWP admit : Welfare Weekly


More than 4,500 sick and disabled people were wrongly refused benefits despite having a “good reason” for missing assessments, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted today.

The startling admission was slipped out in a statement to MPs as they prepared to head off for their winter break, in what some campaigners have described as a ‘deliberate attempt to bury bad news’.

“We expect around 4,600 people to gain as a result of this review exercise”, the statement says. However, the Independent reports that many of these people have yet to identified.

 

Source: More than 4,500 sick and disabled people wrongly refused benefits, DWP admit : Welfare Weekly

A MILLION SICK and DISABLED PEOPLE IN TO WORK says MAY


Well said. on one hand sick and disabled people are being assessed as ‘fit for work’ without any idea if such work is available and if it is will the reasonable adjustments be made by the respective employers. Also are these such employments in the same areas of the country as the persons assessed to be ‘fit for work’, as if they are not how can these sick and disabled persons access these employments, will there be support to do so and if so will the persons be able to access this support on a regular basis.

This, of course, is dependent on the accuracy of these work assessments, as the appeal system reverses many that are not.

Pat's Petition

If you keep doing the same thing you will keep getting the same result. These policies have been tried for eight years now and failed and failed. They will fail again.

Theresa May has announced new initiatives to get a million sick and disabled people into work:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-lives-the-future-of-work-health-and-disability

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-unveils-plans-to-get-a-million-more-disabled-people-into-work-a3705731.html

Theresa May has described the aspiration to enable one million sick and disabled people in to work, but Pat’s Petition has noticed a road block in the way.

We celebrate the progress that has already been made in helping sick and disabled people in to work, but highlight that this is limited to people who can compete in the open labour market using ‘reasonable adjustments’ made by the employer. But many sick and disabled people will tell you that employers say their requested adjustments are ‘unreasonable’, and that they are then excluded from employment.

We question how many employers will make…

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DWP presentation on ESA plans ‘confirms worst fears’ about green paper – Black Triangle Campaign


Ministers have been accused of ignoring a public consultation and ploughing ahead with plans that will make their “fitness for work” testing regime even more stressful and unfair for sick and disabled people.

A presentation delivered by two senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants earlier this month suggests that ministers have decided – as many disabled activists feared after the publication of last year’s green paper – to introduce new benefit sanctions for sick and disabled people with the highest support needs.

The presentation at a DWP “Operational Stakeholder Engagement Forum” appears to confirm that the government had decided how it would reform the system of out-of-work disability benefits before its “consultation” process had finished on 17 February.

The government had claimed that it wanted to make the work capability assessment (WCA) less of an ordeal for claimants, with work and pensions secretary Damian Green telling last October’s Conservative party conference he wanted to support those disabled people who cannot work, and “sweep away unnecessary stress and bureaucracy which weighs them down”.

But slides from the presentation appear to show that his new regime will be even harsher, and that many employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants with the highest support needs and barriers to work will for the first time face having their benefits sanctioned if they do not co-operate with the regime.

The slides show DWP has already begun introducing a compulsory, face-to-face “health and work conversation” (HWC) with a jobcentre work coach that will apply to nearly all new claimants of ESA, weeks or even months before they go through the WCA process to decide whether they are not fit for work and eligible for the benefit.

Source: DWP presentation on ESA plans ‘confirms worst fears’ about green paper – Black Triangle Campaign

Psychologists demand reform of ‘fundamentally flawed’ sickness benefit assessment system | Vox Political


Nobody should believe for a single moment that a Conservative Government will pay any attention to the advice of the experts – especially when the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is doing precisely what it was meant to do – clearing sick and disabled people off the benefit books with no regard for their future health.

That being said, the analysis of the WCA provided by the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in a joint response to the Government’s consultation, ‘Improving Lives’, is very useful information.

So here it is:

We urge the Government to reform its approach and the assessment process. We also strongly recommend that this be

Source: Psychologists demand reform of ‘fundamentally flawed’ sickness benefit assessment system | Vox Political

Tories want you to tell them how to treat sick and disabled people


Stop UK lies & corruption

As you know the UK Tory Government is in VIOLATION of United Nations CRPD Articles which exist to protect disabled people.  They have made it clear that they DO NOT INTEND TO IMPLEMENT ANY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE UNITED NATIONS.  Instead the Tories want your view of how to treat sick and disabled people by taking part in a carefully crafted consultation.  We would encourage you to take part and put forward your recommendations.  Anyone can take part in the consultation but hurry because it ends on 17th February 2017.  You can also email the so called ‘Work & Health team’ here: workandhealth@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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Reform Think Tank Report Proposes Cutting Disability Benefits In Half


Same Difference

The government should radically overhaul the welfare system for sick and disabled people by slashing weekly benefits by nearly half, a top think tank has said.

In a new report out today, the right-wing Reform research group said the existing employment and support allowance has “failed to encourage sick and disabled people to work”.

“The government will fail to reach its target of a higher employment rate for disabled people without root-and-branch change,” researchers added.

 

Reform wants the government to cut the weekly benefit paid to 1.3m sick and disabled people from £131 to £73 – the same amount of basic pay that Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants receive. The report’s authors said that having a higher rate of weekly benefit for sick and disabled people “encourages people to stay on sickness benefits rather than move into work”.

“Too many people with health conditions are being left stranded on incapacity benefits,” said report co-author Charlotte Pickles…

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WOWpetition’s Press Release concerning the Governments official response to e-petition 106068


WOW Petition Campaign

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

“The Government’s response to the WOWpetition can only be described as inadequate.”

Since 2012 nearly 200,000 signatures have been collected by 3 e-petitions that challenge the Government to demonstrate a duty of care towards sick and disabled people by assessing the cumulative impact on this group of the swathes of cuts inflicted on them by Government policies on Health, Social Care and Welfare. Until Friday morning the Government had claimed it was impossible to disaggregate the cumulative effect of their policy changes on disabled people but Friday’s response (View at www.wowpetition.co.uk) confirmed that it is possible to produce such an analysis but that the Government have chosen not to do one, presumably because “voters” would be sickened if they understood that austerity had been deliberately targeted at sick and disabled people. Dr Simon Duffy’s research for the Centre for Welfare Reform found that some…

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‘Fit for work’ tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people


Dr. Frances Ryan

Halfway into a decade of austerity, the biggest threat posed by the Conservatives’ cuts may not be the suffering they are causing mentally ill, sick or disabled people but something altogether more lasting: that their suffering is becoming normalised.

I can think of no other reason why the work capability assessment – the now notorious test used by the Department for Work and Pensions to determine who is eligible for out-of-work sickness benefits and who should be classed as “fit for work” – remains in place.

This is a benefit assessment that has been proven to make people’s conditions worse, and that time after time has been linked to the suicides of people who were declared “fit for work” and had their sickness benefits removed.

It has now been more than 18 months since the mainstream media – including this paper – reported the death of Mark Wood. Despite struggling…

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