DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it is deliberately misleading benefit claimants into thinking they have no right of appeal if they miss the deadline for applying for the new personal independence payment (PIP).

There are also claims that it is failing to make it clear enough to existing disability living allowance (DLA) claimants that they will lose their support if they miss that deadline, even if they have been given lifetime DLA awards.

Increasing numbers of long-term DLA claimants are now being told they need to apply for PIP, but are given just 28 days to do so.

Source: DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline


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11 thoughts on “DWP ‘is deliberately misleading’ benefit claimants over PIP deadline

  1. Barry Davies

    Sadly I am in no way surprised by this, after all the government are there for “hardworking people” i.e. politicians bankers overpaid Boss’ etc, not the scum who deliberately and wantonly choose the lifestyle of being disabled

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Hang on. “The scum who deliberately and wantonly choose the lifestyle of being disabled”? What, by deliberately catching hideously painful and debilitating illnesses? By having terrible accidents at work that leave them unable to fend for themselves?
      By being born with a congenital condition that is no fault of their own?
      Take a good, hard look at yourself, Barry.
      The rest of us can read your comment and apply your “scum” label where we see fit.

      1. John

        Err, Mike, I’m afraid I think you missed the sarcasm in Barry’s post? If I’m right, I’m surprised by that.

      2. Luther Blissett

        I think you’ve misread the sarcasm of Barry there Mike, easy to do I know.

      3. David Ball

        Hello Mike,

        I reckon that Barry doesn’t believe that people choose to become disabled. Nor, I suspect, does he believe that the rich and powerful are hardworking. It reads to me that he was saying that the government is for the rich and powerful and not the sick and disabled.

  2. Jenny Hambidge

    I think he was being sarcastic. That is what the Tories think of us, disabled and sick people.

  3. mrmarcpc

    More sneaky, underhand and cruel tactics by the nazi DWP, the new, homophobic reaper of the sick, disabled and poor will be relishing the culling of more underprivileged people while he spouts his lies, hate and gobbling up the huge amounts of money for himself that he hasn’t earned and doesn’t deserve!

  4. Jane Owens

    Lately, a sizeable number of PIP claimants have informed me that the DWP are writing to them to say that their PIP forms have not been received, when in all truth, the forms have been sent to the DWP weeks earlier. Claimants really must send any correspondence to the DWP by registered post or recorded delivery. Either way, ensure that the receipt from the Post Office is retained, it will display the relevant number which can be quoted when the DWP deny receiving forms.

    1. Brian

      Jane’s reply gives me the impression she is a support worker, if she is, she mirrors my contacts experience of mail delivered to and from the DWP. My information is that even recorded delivery to the DWP is refused a receipt by signing. The Post Office admit this. There is no obligation in law for them to sign. Further, precedent accepts a communication ‘as’ delivered if ‘evidence’ of it being sent is produced.

      This seems to give the DWP an advantage, since they can both refuse to acknowledge receipt from applicants, and also imply delivery of their own items as sent & delivered. The question is, is who is to be to believed at any dispute.The only way of conclusion is to have a court order a audit of the paper trail contained on the delivery organizations data base showing transmission to the point of post without interruption.

      Should any discrepancy be found, delivery can not said to have taken place. An instance/s of this would set precedence and bring uncertainty and disrepute to the DWP.

  5. Michael Broadhurst

    any truth in the rumours that Cameron is re-titling his autobiography Call Me Dodgy Dave,haha.

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