‘Truly appalling’ revelations ‘show DWP is subverting justice’ at appeal tribunals

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Here is further evidence that the Conservative government is committing a covert genocide of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities.

The law requires DWP representatives at benefit appeal tribunals to provide new information in the appellant’s favour – but it seems clear that their bosses are requiring them not to do so, in order to rig the verdict against awarding PIP or ESA.

The revelation shows the contempt in which the Tories and their servants in the DWP hold not only people who are sick and disabled, but also the courts.

It’s part of Stage Three of the ten stages of genocide: Discrimination – denying a group their civil rights, ensuring they cannot participate fully in society.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service ought to have something to say about this.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers who attend benefit appeal tribunals are being asked by their bosses how many high-level awards to disabled people they have been able to prevent.

DWP has finally released information that shows that the presenting officers (POs) it sends to personal independence payment (PIP) appeals must report back to their bosses afterwards on whether they persuaded the tribunal not to grant an enhanced PIP award.

The same applies for those sent to employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals, with POs having to tell their managers whether they persuaded the tribunal not to award the claimant eligibility for the ESA support group.

Information published by DWP states that the role of a PO is both to present the department’s case, but also to “draw the [first tier tribunal’s]attention to new points in the appellant’s favour”.

Instead of providing balanced information that is fair to the claimant, the department’s freedom of information response appears to show that POs are being told to prevent as many enhanced awards as they can for PIP and ESA.

A DWP spokeswoman declined to say whether [minister for disabled people Sarah] Newton was aware that her department appeared to be breaching both the spirit and the letter of the law on ESA and PIP; what action Newton would take; and how she responded to the comments from one of her own civil servants.

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5 thoughts on “‘Truly appalling’ revelations ‘show DWP is subverting justice’ at appeal tribunals

  1. Melanie Hales

    I lost my appeal for pip the judge said I didn’t have lupus which is in my medical records which they had, so they must never of read them, I had someone from cab with me and he didn’t even put them right

  2. The Toffee

    How many of these DWP presenting officers (capos) are PCS members, and what’s Serwotka said about it?

    Probably nothing, the lily-livered, collaborating weasel.

  3. Caldy

    An old ballad, given fresh meaning, courtesy of the ‘new Masters’

    “Now, alas! that Law’s made void,
    the loss is ours therefore,
    They’le neither suffer us to glean,
    Nor beg from door to door.

    From Poor Mens cryes they stop their ears,
    And close their Eyes do they,
    Their stubborn words to Beggars tears·
    Their hardned hearts bewray,
    To some they gave a little thing,
    Their Favourites yet more:
    But such their Wisdoms who displease,
    Their Names quite out they score. ”

    The Complaint of the poor……the first cry. 1700; Wing / C5617

  4. Rosemary Robinson

    The only way out of all this rubbish is for the people to rise up & overthrow this corrupt gvmnt

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