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It’s back to business as usual at Ashton-under-Lyne Job Centre, according to Charlotte Hughes of The poor side of life.

And she has bad news for people claiming Personal Independence Payment, at least in that area:

There has been a large increase in people being denied their PIP assessments.  Yes I do realise that this has always happened, I know this and I help people with their appeals, but it’s now got to a point that they’re point blank denying everyone their PIP benefit which is needed so much by those that claim it.

This got me thinking, the government are targeting disabled people extremely aggressively from every angle, everything that they do is monitored, their constantly under an evil spotlight from the DWP.

You might ask why doesn’t the government leave them alone? They never will because they’re an easy target, they know that many won’t fight back because they simply don’t have the energy to do so.

Whilst I’m writing about this I spoke to a man that had recently won his appeal to reinstate his PIP. The tribunal also decided that he should be given some back pay also which was 12 months worth of payments. Whilst being overjoyed at this, he knows that he’ll have to go through this again and again and then some more.

Just so.

This is just anecdotal evidence, of course – but there’s enough of it across the UK to call it a pattern, I think.

That’s why people being told they don’t deserve disability benefits should always appeal against the decision – and should always seek help in pursuing those appeals.

It isn’t hard to find organisations that provide this help – there are plenty online and if you’re stumped there’s always Citizens Advice.

Source: Failed PIP assessments, homelessness, sanctions. Happy new year from the DWP. – The poor side of life

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