It is disgraceful and shows no respect for disability claimants and if these were indeed ‘dirty tricks’ it just shows how despicable the DWP is and reinforces why no one trusts the DWP.
This is no way to run a Government department and casts an extremely wary ‘eye’ on every aspect of Government.
Source: Assessment Dirty Tricks To Be Urgently Investigated | Same Difference
Many people will be unsure of which ESA they are in and therefore will have no idea whether they will be better off, worse off or stay the same, the DWP should be aware of who and how they will be affected, so before the forced (managed) migration from legacy benefits to universal credit (UC) begins the DWP should be advising those who are going to be migrated on how they will be.
The DWP should be there to help persons on benefits and not to hinder, but from past experiences they appear to go out of their way to hinder.
The benefit system is already too complicated and more should be done to remove complications, be open, transparent and honest, but past experiences have shown that the DWP and in fact all Government departments are not any of those, as they are completely the opposite being non-transparent, not open and dishonest.
It is as though people are being penalised for being on benefits.
Source: 500,000 ESA Claimants To Be Worse Off Under UC As Managed Migration Begins | Same Difference
Why do these events keep occurring is it because the DWP do not listen or are incapable of listening, or they are just following Government policy to get people off benefits and back to work irrespective of their health.
In these mentioned cases the DWP were regularly informed that their actions were causing major mental health problems, but they still continued with their systems as though there were impervious of how their actions would affect people.
The article states ‘But a DWP spokesperson said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Curtis’ family and friends at this difficult time.”.’ is it not a pity that their thoughts were not with Roy Curtis, let alone Errol Graham, for if they were, then may be they could be still alive.
These are just 2 persons, but there will be many others and I bet, the DWP will say ‘our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.’
Words are easy to say, but it is actions that speak louder than words and it is these actions which are not forthcoming from the DWP.
Do the DWP not care that they are causing vulnerable people to take their own lives, for with how they are proceeding it would appear that they do not care.
This can not be right and should not be allowed to happen, for if anymanslaughter, but the DWP appears to escape prosecution. For the State would, more than likely, be responsible to bring these charges, but it is aone-else did this, then, could they not be charged with murder or at least n arm of the State that are causing them, so if they did, would they be prosecuting themselves?
Source: Roy Curtis: Autistic man killed himself six days after latest ‘fitness for work’ demand – Disability News Service
It’s never easy to fund yourself through university u less you parents have very deep pockets. Students usually have to have a part-time job to get by. But for disabled students that’s often not feasible.
However, if they’ve been very persistent, and have Personal Independence Payment, disabled students have been able to claim universal credit and, sometimes, housing benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
But last month, in the wake of a legal case, DWP has issued new regulations it claims are to “restore the policy intent” that means a disabled student “must already have been determined to have Limited Capability for Work on or before the day they claim Universal Credit (UC)”. What? How?
The rules have always said you can’t claim UC while you’re in full-time education, unless you are disabled. But that’s not enough for the DWP. These regulations mean they’ve land-mined the jungle of benefits-claiming.
Source: Does the government really want to support disabled young people to go to university? – Special Needs Jungle
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has spent more that £120 million of taxpayers money contesting benefit appeals brought by sick and disabled people in the last two years alone, new research reveals.
The UK government introduced a system of ‘mandatory reconsiderations’, seemingly designed to reduce the number of contested claims that are taken before a social security tribunal, in the hope that more decisions can be corrected as quickly as possible without the need for judicial involvement.
However, official DWP figures show that in spite of this change more than three in four decisions on Personal Indendence Payments (76%), including those made after the reconsideration stage, are over-turned in favour of claimants.
Source: DWP splashes £120m fighting disability benefit appeals despite record claimant success rates : Welfare Weekly
Campaigners have forced a government U-turn after demonstrating that chronically ill claimants suffering severe pain were wrongly denied disability benefits on the basis that they were not taking powerful, opiate-based painkillers.
Bristol Law Centre said disability benefit assessors routinely assumed that if a claimant had been prescribed an “over the counter” drug such as paracetamol then their pain must be mild or moderate, and denied or reduced benefits accordingly.
It estimates that thousands of claimants nationally have been incorrectly refused disability benefits in this way.
Campaigners had argued that it was unfair and dangerous for assessors to use painkiller strength as a proxy for the level of illness because GPs were reluctant to prescribe stronger opiates because of the harmful side effects.
The law centre said the guidance had encouraged ill and disabled people claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to demand stronger drugs from their GP as a guarantee of benefit eligibility.
“Every year, thousands of claims for disability benefits are refused because of an over-reliance on analgesics as a guide to pain levels. The signal these assessments send to claimants is that they must go back to their doctor and ask for stronger pain relief,” said Andy King, a benefits adviser at Bristol Law Centre.
Public Health England recently warned
of the dangers of wrongly prescribed opioid painkillers for joint and back pain. Over half a million people had been on addictive opioid drugs for longer than three years.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued new guidance which makes it clear that “healthcare practitioners [disability benefits assessors] should be mindful that the level of analgesia used does not necessarily correlate with the level of pain”.
Source: Government forced into U-turn over disability benefits for chronically ill | Benefits | The Guardian