Alan Cummings.

A DWP spokesperson has apparently claimed that the PIP reassessments were because it is a “dynamic” benefit in which payments are intended to be adjusted according to claimants’ needs.

But these people were being reassessed for Employment and Support Allowance, not PIP.

In addition, they are paraplegic, and have been for more than a quarter of a century. Common sense would imply that their conditions are unlikely to change.

The spokesperson said the government had announced that people with the most severe health conditions will no longer have to go through any reassessment process in order to continue receiving ESA, and details will be announced “in due course”.

It seems to This Writer that the ESA reassessment of these seriously injured miners is merely another attempt to get people off benefits – in this instance, before conditions are changed to allow them to continue receiving those benefits indefinitely.

A union boss has accused a government department of acting in the spirit of Scrooge by forcing miners who were horrendously injured in a pit disaster to “jump through hoops” for their entitlements.

Durham Miners’ Association secretary Alan Cummings cited the case of two former Wearmouth Colliery miners who, he said, had been required to reapply for their entitlement by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) .

Mr Cummings, said the DWP made the men go through a”labyrinth of form filling”, despite having had no prospect of working since being made paraplegics in the accident over 25 years ago.

Source: Government department forcing miners injured in a pit disaster to ‘jump through hoops”, says union boss (From The Northern Echo)

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