Government department’s “no information” claim is just a feeble cover-up

A government department responsible for disability benefits has effectively admitted that vital documents were not shown to an expert hired to conduct a review. The papers link its controversial ‘fitness to work’ test with deaths of benefit claimants. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims it has no information about whether the reviewer … Continue reading Government department’s “no information” claim is just a feeble cover-up

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. Good news is some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) recipients will no longer face repeated work capability assessments (WCAs).    I say ‘some’ as … Continue reading Good news about WCAs and Scotland BUT Universal Credit to roll out faster

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 now, besides all its usual carryings on, the department is fighting two similar but … Continue reading DWP fights to hide WCA ‘under-performance’ and PIP assessments

Charity vilified as it lends manager to government

Unbelievable, grossly inconsiderate and just plain barmy. Why UK mental health charity Mind would agree to the one-year secondment of one of its senior managers to the government’s tainted Department of Work and Pensions is as incomprehensible as it is stupid. It has been reported that the charity’s policy and campaigns manager Tom Pollard will … Continue reading Charity vilified as it lends manager to government