It seems there is no legal deterrent to stop DWP decision makers from breaking their own rules in order to hit Departmental targets for pushing people off-benefit. Read this, by Neil Wheatley:
This week, the DWP admitted to fabricating testimonials used in an official information leaflet.
Employees of the DWP are unlikely to be surprised by such unethical behaviour.
Indeed according to G S Prince, Assistant Manager for JobCentre Plus at the Chippenham BDC (from a letter dated 3 December 2010):
“An individual decision maker … does not owe the appellant a legal duty of care and is not legally liable for any errors or omissions he may make.”
According to this statement, DWP Decision Makers who commit perjury by submitting fabricated evidence to an Appeal Tribunal cannot be held accountable for their criminal actions.
If DWP Decision Makers have no legal liability for the honesty or accuracy of the evidence that they submit to an Appeal Tribunal then how does each Appeal Tribunal ensure that claimants receive a fair trial?
Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, should provide a clear statement about the claim made by G S Prince.
Are DWP decision makers legally liable for errors and/or omissions submitted to Appeal Tribunals? Yes or No
Are DWP decision makers legally liable for fabricated evidence that they submit to Appeal Tribunals? Yes or No
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