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Dave Smith with his (now late) brother Jamie Oliver. After denying him PIP twice, the DWP wants him to attend an appeal hearing – five months after he died.

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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