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Cut price defences – so government department doesn’t fear appeals

Many people believe it would cost the government less to pay disability benefits from the beginning, rather than face appeals.
The benefits, Employment and Support Allowance, and Personal Independence Payment, are claimed by people with disabilities. These include those of us […]

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Assessment disgrace: ‘Fit for work’ man dies before ESA appeal can be heard

Disability benefit assessors have been widely criticised for deciding wrongly that people are ‘fit to work’. The situation is a disgrace, the criticism is well deserved.
There have been a number of examples, but none more tragic than the case of […]

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Assessments for disability benefits cause ‘terrifying insecurity’

A pressure group has warned that the government’s disability benefit assessments are the cause of “terrifying insecurity”. What’s more, it says assessments are driving disabled women to destitution, and even “hastening their deaths”.
The warning was given by WinVisible, a group […]

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Needless deaths caused by government spending cuts

Health and social care spending cuts have led to 120,000 needless deaths over the last seven years. A report in the British Medical Journal exposed the dramatic figures.
Those are the very cuts that we with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other […]

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Sickness and disability benefit errors to cost £500m to correct underpayments

Errors in working out benefit payments mean 75,000 claimants are owed money that will cost £500m to repay. That’s an average of more than £6,000 per person.
The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) actually found the mistakes itself. And […]

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Universal credit not so universal after all, conflicting advice about ESA

People unable to work who try to claim universal credit can receive conflicting advice from different UK government officials. Some say the new benefit includes employment and support allowance (ESA), claimed by many with MS, other diseases and disabilities. However, […]

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Doubt that ‘missing’ benefits letter was ever sent

Postal delivery services make mistakes. They all do, from time to time. To err is human and those services are run by …. wait for it …. humans.
Those services can deliver mail after a delay and sometimes, but extremely rarely, […]

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Good news about WCAs and Scotland BUT Universal Credit to roll out faster

As dust settles following UK prime minister Theresa May’s farcical conference speech, there’s mixed news for people claiming disability benefits. This includes people with MS and other diseases that cause disability.
Theresa May’s distress call at party conference (Pic: Daily Star).
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Department helpline worker lambasts mismanaged disability benefits system

Once again, we have a story of government mishandling of disability benefits and allegations of the existence of targets. Targets that don’t officially exist, as if we believe that.
Photo: The Independent.
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insider has described […]

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DWP fights to hide WCA ‘under-performance’ and PIP assessments

I suppose, by now, that the ineptitude of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should not surprise me. And while that is true, what does amaze me is its ability to keep proving it – over and over again.
Right […]

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