So, nothing really new there as it appears bemnefit claimants are penalised by the DWP for daring to claim benefits, for surely the DWP should be there to benefit claimants rather than punish them.
They appear to easily go out of their way to hinder claimants, rather than help them.
This is a very sorry state of affairs and one that should be reversed without delay.
But, with the appontment of Therese Coffey MP as the new Work & Pension Secretary, situations will get much worse, before there is any degree of them feeling better. Penalise claiments now and then again later as though to keep claimants short of funding, will make them to cease to exist, thereby reducing the overall costs of providing benefits, a complete reversal of what should be expected of a department setup to help, but is in effect an hinderence.
The DWP has refused to follow any recommendations by the Commons work and pensions committee designed to help claimants through the cost of living crisis.
The simplest suggestions made by MPs was that the DWP pause making deductions from benefits where a claimant owes the department money, perhaps because of an overpayment or loan.
This would have cost the DWP very little, but made a dramatic difference to claimants struggling to make ends meet as prices rocket. It is a measure that was introduced during the pandemic and one which would be very easy to reinstate.
The DWP’s bizarre excuse for not doing so is that it is not ‘in the claimant’s best interest’ because if debt recovery was reintroduced after next April’s benefits uprating claimants ‘may feel no better off as a result’.
In other words, it’s better to make claimants repay…
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