As the UK slips into dictatorship, it’s business as usual at the Department for Work and Pensions; we haven’t had a voice in that organisation for years.
The latest scandal involves Jamie Oliver (not the TV chef), who died on April 9 after a long battle with chronic liver disease – and after being refused Personal Independence Payment by the DWP on the grounds that he wasn’t sick enough – twice.
Five months after his death, in one of the hugely distressing and insulting cock-ups that have made the DWP infamous, one of Mr Oliver’s children discovered a letter saying an appeal hearing had been arranged for late September.
The move has infuriated Mr Oliver’s brother Dave Smith, of Hastings, – whose MP happens to be Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd.
In an incendiary Facebook post, he wrote:
“If they want to see him at the appeal hearing I shall take along my “share” of his ashes and we shall see just how responsive he is to their questions.
“Amber Rudd, our dear MP, who also happens to be in charge of the DWP, was supposedly already dealing with the fact his claim had been declined twice (wasn’t sick enough apparently)
“Well her involvement has been so wonderfully useful they are still writing to a dead person at his original address even though they have all my details.
“How insulting for his kids too, one of whom found the letter addressed to their dead father!”
Directly addressing Ms Rudd, he stated: “Amber Rudd…. how many more certified terminally ill people have to die under your watch in charge of the DWP whilst being continually declined payment for benefit? You have even been on morning TV preaching how you are going to sort this shambles of a department out…… it’s not happening! In fact it’s getting worse!
“I honestly cannot think of an organization as shambolic, insensitive, incompetent and unhelpful as the DWP and the sooner all this PIP/Universal Credit fiasco is kicked into touch the better.”
Referring to his brother, Mr Smith stated: “One of the last things he said to us [was] “I don’t believe it. I’m going to die and I’m still not sick enough for PIP.”
Mr Smith has asked for people to share his Facebook post, so if you use that platform, please do. Let’s share awareness of the incompetence and unaccountability of this so-called public service.
Source: Man offers to bring brother’s ashes to appeal meeting after DWP said he ‘wasn’t sick enough’ | Metro News
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Not for nothing have the bloody f***ing Conservative and Unionist Party been called “The Nasty Party”.
Is there any depth of depravity left for their DWP to explore?
The next non-Tory government must repeal the Fixed Term Parliament Act as a matter of extreme urgency.
Aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado
This travesty of decency and indeed justice must be dealt with and those responsible brought to justice. I feel ashamed to be British and as though we are now living in a third world country which, if these Tory MPs are allowed to continue we are.
I was told in a letter that doctors arent qualified to decide whether we’re well enough to work or not. Only dwp workers? 🤔
It’s shameful when you’re ill or even dieing you can’t get the help you need
Without the FTPA the Conservatives would probably have won an overall majority at the last election. The long election campaign was because they had to factor the FTPA into their calculations.
Be careful what you wish for!
As ever the sick and vunable are penalised humiliated made to feel like liars and degraded I should know I am one of them 😠 how can u carry this fiasco on u should hang your heads in shame I’ve been threatened with eviction becouse of a cockl up with council I’m seriously ill maybe you want all disabled people with life limiting diseases dead then u can save more money
I thought I’d heard it all.
God rest him. God stiffen the DWP and everyone to do with it.
Not the same. But, I saw a man die in the
Princes Royal Hospital Hayward’s Heath in agony in A&E no privacy, the nurses were standing near the end of his bed making no attempt to help him talking out loud about there private lives. Even when the preacher came to give last rights still no privacy the whole area of patients could hear and see what was happening. The National Health service is not fit for purpose has no companion. Poor man and his family, who could not get near him were there, what a bad way to make your way to the next world in pain in public with no one try to help with his pain. Disgraceful!!!!!!!!
My mum was also denied pip. She had chronic liver disease. She died 1.5 months later. She was told in her report she was too jovial. That was 4 months ago. Disgusted.
The conservatives and the DWP make me sick I’ve been fighting them for 4 years and still fighting them after they found me fit for work after the assessment was full of lies from start to finish not only just that but they used someone else’s medical records against my own I argued with the judge saying are you saying it’s now ok for the DWP to use someone else’s medical records against my own and the judge adjourned the case because he knew I was right I think he could not handle it and iam not even a solicitor so now I’ve got to wait even longer till they decide to go in court again. why do I get the feeling the conservatives and the DWP will only be happy when we are all dead and buried so there won’t be anyone alive to claim benefits the UK would be full of the rich people only they should rename the conservative party,,,,,,, THE KILLING PARTY ,,,,, my doctor and the specialist at the RVI hospital say iam unfit for work but these assessment people the DWP use are not doctors or specialists I don’t even think they are a qualified physio they probably only done a first aid course what takes a few days and get a bonus to every single person they turn down to boost the wages up the DWP still threaten me with sanctions over the phone because I don’t go in the jobcentre because of my health and I’ve even been asked to drop my court case and just to look for a job.