Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes – Welfare Weekly

More than 100 disability organisations sign open letter demanding better protections for disabled people affected by coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes – Welfare Weekly

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.

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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.

Peter went through an incredibly difficult time (Photo: Peter Wilson) 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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Million universal credit households ‘do not get full entitlement’

UC claimants suffering deductions to pay back loans, some including the advance payments due to the length of UC starting from the closure of the old benefits.

Please advise me, that in this age of new technology, can not an existing benefit payment be continued to be paid until UC is ready to commence.

If this were so then there would be no lack of payment as the transfer from a persons old benefits to UC would be seamless.

However, this would need common sense and a desire to be a responsible organisation, unfortunately, something, it appears, sadly lacking within the DWP.

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Deductions to cover loans are forcing many to turn to food banks

Supplies being sorted at a food bank.
 Supplies being sorted at a food bank. 

More than a million households on universal credit – 60% of everyone receiving the payments –are having their benefits cut to repay debts and loans.

Data sourced under the Freedom of Information Act show that in May – the most recent month for which figures are available – 1,048,000 universal credit claimants had a deduction of their benefit payment out of 1,759,000 claimants who received any universal credit payment that month.

The figures exclude deductions for fraud and sanctions. Nearly a third of all people on the troubled welfare scheme are having more than a fifth of their payment cut, often to repay loans that some claimants received to tide them over during the five-week wait for their first payment to arrive.

Charlotte Hughes, an anti-austerity campaigner who provides support and…

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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?

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Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners.

Therese Coffey speaking to the work and pensions committee

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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Advertising watchdog launches investigation into Universal Credit adverts

The DWP are continually stating that these new benefits are better than the old ones, but where is the proof.

There are many stories where the new benefits appear not to be good, be they ESA (Employment & Support Allowance), PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and now UC (Universal Credit), ranging from the assessment processes and then the beginning of payments.

We are told that the majority of claimants are OK with the new benefits, but how is this known for are they going to come forward and state this, but maybe when things go wrong the claimants may object.

However, do all the claimants advise when they are not happy, but just put up with it.
In my experience in dealing with Local Authorities many who are not happy do not complain for numerous reasons, they cannot be bothered, do not know how to, think it will be a waste of time, perhaps do not have the time, some will feel they will be treated worse if they complain and many other reasons.

So just looking at the percentage who come forward to state they are not happy is not an accurate record. But unfortunately, it is the only record or the only record that is recognised.

Now do we have to assume Governments and Government departments are always telling the truth, when it has been proved that there are instances when they are not.

Quite a few of the population are fearful of Authorities and will therefore never complain.
What we need to do is work from the premise that things will go wrong and not that they will not.
People are treated like ‘cattle’, where what is done for one will be done for everyone, but people are different and maybe different from one day to another and in many instances different through the day and night.

Systems need to be based on ‘person-centred’ principles and not on ‘institutional’ principles, but it is easier for systems to be based on the latter, rather than the former and maybe more cost effective.

But to make systems equal for all the person-centred principle needs to be costed into the process, that is, if these authorities even understand, or are willing to understand the principle of person-centred.

Systems should not be there for the sole basis of the respective organisations but for all, now that will be true ‘equality’ and not just some play on words.
People have ‘rights, ‘human rights’ and should be respected.

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The Advertising watchdog has launched an investigation into Universal Credit adverts, charities have demanded the DWP withdraws the ads with immediate effect after the Advertising Standards Authority launched a formal probe.

1_DWP what REALLY should have been written in their ad!

The advertising watchdog has launched a formal investigation into DWP adverts extolling the virtues of Universal Credit . The Advertising Standards Authority has written to the government to probe whether the adverts break rules on misleading content.

It comes after the watchdog received 43 complaints about the “deliberately misleading” promotions, including one from the Disability Benefits Consortium of 80 charities.

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Thousands Of Terminally ill Are Denied Benefits

Yet another large area of problems with the welfare benefits system and the processes concerned, based on Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment Benefits.

As stated in the article the 6 months rule incorporated in the Welfare Reform Act 1990 was not based on any medical input and even if it had been clinical knowledge has advance by ‘leaps and bounds’.

Clinicians should be solely responsible, in these situation not some DWP offical with no clinical knowledge and therefore has no creditability to make any form of clinical decisions.

I have said before and will do again the the DWP processes should be ‘person-centred’ and not ‘system-centred’.

This, of course, assumes that the DWP and its officals are willing to ensure fair representation for all benefit claiments, which, currently is hard to believe., for it appear that they assume no one is eligible and even when there is much documentation to prove they are this is discounted. One would assume that DWP officials prime consideration is to refuse all benefit applications, based on the results of their practice to follow inhuman conditions.

Are DWP officals really devoid of any feelings and just react as automatons, surely not!!

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Thousands Of Dying People Are Denied Benefits Under Arcane ‘Six Months To Live’ Rule, the government are under pressure to scrap time limit penalising gravely ill people.

Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders says the system is Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders says the system is unfair

Thousands of sick and dying people are potentially being denied benefits under a strict government rule that says those with terminal illnesses must have six months or less to live in order to claim.

The government is under mounting pressure to scrap the controversial life expectancy rule used to decide whether terminally ill people are fast-tracked for welfare support such as Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Doctors say it is impossible to have this level of clinical certainty over a patient’s prognosis and the “unfair” system is having a “significant impact” on people who are gravely ill.

As a result, charities say potentially hundreds or even thousands of people with a terminal illness…

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DWP probe into tragic six-stone Stephen Smith insists they followed policy’

Personalisation and Person-centred care, NHS England currently have a project to promote the aforementioned in Hospitals and admit there is a long way to go.

If this is being progressed in Hospital care, why not promote it within the benefits system.

Is it that no one notices how benefit claimants are, because they are not dealt with on a human basis, but are just a number within the system and treated as inanimate objects.

Bring personalisation and person-centred processing into the benefit system and benefit claimants may be treated better.

But if there is a long way to go in health, then in the benefits system the way is so long it could go to infinity.

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DWP probe into tragic six-stone Stephen Smith insists department ‘followed policy’ when repeatedly denying him vital benefits. Secretary of State accused of treating tragic Liverpool man like ‘a lost package’ after internal review.


This was the condition Stephen Smith was in in hospital in December – before he fought and won a tribunal allowing him vital benefits(Image: Liverpoool Echo)
An investigation into the treatment of six-stone Stephen Smith – who was wrongly denied benefits before his death – has shockingly found that the DWP ‘followed policy’.

The 64-year-old Liverpool man was repeatedly and incorrectly turned down for benefits while suffering with a number of serious illnesses before his death.

Mr Smith, from Kensington, died a short time after he was forced to get a pass out from hospital to overturn an incorrect decision to deprive him of vital benefits for several years.

His range of debilitating illnesses meant that he had…

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Anger as DWP scraps automatic Universal Credit claim backdating system – Chronicle Live

A new change to the Universal Credit system has caused outrage.

Ministers are demanding an urgent review after automatic start-date protections have been scrapped by the DWP.

Thousands of vulnerable people are said to be suffering financially because the system no longer automatically backdates claims from when someone started their application, BirminghamLive reports.

Under previous rules, benefits would be calculated from the date an application began but with UC the start date is apparently only protected if a claimant turns up in person to a jobcentre when they apply.

Bob Doris, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee, has now written to Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd about “the retrograde step for claimants” and demanded an urgent review of the change, which is believed to affect claimants across the UK.


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Aged 65 and hounded to find work. Universal Credit cares nothing about age or ability to work. — The poor side of life


Dear readers, it’s Thursday again and here’s my latest blog update. Thankfully the weather was good today, indeed very warm for a change. We spoke to lots of people and helped lots also. We do vital work, helping people when they’re upset, stressed and dealt with unfairly by the DWP. Claiming universal credit is a […]

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