Ann Forster [Image: BBC].

Ann Forster [Image: BBC].

It’s as though the greatest news-gathering organisation in the world has been asleep for the past eight years.

It has been that long since people started saying the work capability assessment attached to ESA, and now PIP, was rubbish.

Yet Auntie seems surprised at the possibility.

Worse still, the claim that the Department for Work and Pensions fabricated its excuse for depriving Mrs Forster of her benefits – by saying she can stand and walk more than 200m – is also a very old chestnut.

DWP assessors have by lying about claimants in this way for years.

Finally, theres the comment from the DWP itself, saying it is reviewing Mrs Forster’s appeal.

If she gets her benefit back, the Department will claim this is because there was new information in her appeal that she had not previously submitted.

Technically, this will be correct.

But when the new information only demonstrates that the DWP assessor lied about her mobility, can there be any doubt that the system is flawed?

Reports like this are deeply disturbing.

They try to press the ‘reset’ button on the DWP’s lengthening history of lying about the way it treats claimants.

They try to present each case as if it were completely new and nothing of the sort had ever happened before.

In fact, thousands of people are dead as a result of this deadly scheme.

The DWP has even admitted its role in the deaths – although using weasel words to claim that it cannot be held to be “solely” responsible.

This Writer doesn’t care. Not “solely” responsible means partially responsible and in an organisation with a duty of care, that’s not good enough.

So where’s the outrage?

Where are the relatives demanding justice?

And where is the BBC report exposing the whole filthy scam?

A woman who had two kidney transplants says she has been the victim of a “flawed” government benefits test.

Ann Forster, 56, from Nottinghamshire, receives £220 a month in personal independence payments (PIPs) which helps provide transport.

The decision to cut her benefits was taken after a face-to-face home assessment declared her mobile, but she says she was never asked to walk.

After an assessment at her home in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, she was informed in a letter by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that she can stand and then move more than 200m (656ft).

But Mrs Forster’s husband Geoff said his wife did not walk any distance during the assessment.

During the half-hour visit from the DWP, she “didn’t even leave the room,” he said.

The government said Mrs Forster’s appeal is being reviewed.

Source: ‘Flawed’ benefits test criticised by double transplant patient – BBC News


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