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I’ve just read this, on the excellent Poor side of life blog:

A woman who we’ve spoken to before… looked me in the eyes saying “Let me tell you what happened to a relative of mine. He was very ill but had been declared fit for work at his ESA medical assessment. He appealed this and it then went to tribunal. Sadly he died on the day the tribunal decided that he should get his ESA”.

I wish that this was unusual but it isn’t. This happens a lot, disabled people are being denied their rightful payments every single day. They’re left to live in abject poverty struggling to survive.

The government and their henchmen might say that they care, that they treat people with respect but they don’t. We know that that they’re lying and we’ve got enough evidence to back up our claims.

Enough is enough how much more of this cruelty are we expected to take?

Charlotte (who writes the blog) is right – it isn’t unusual.

And now it seems the Tories have found a way to stop cases even getting to tribunal.

A friend of mine contacted me yesterday with this disturbing development:

The Tory-run DWP is denying people claiming Universal Credit the right to have their cases heard by a tribunal.

This is being done in a very cute way – if you define that word as meaning “clever or cunning in a self-serving way”.

My friend wrote: “I’ve been supporting a few people on UC. Some of them are ill and under the old system they would be on ESA.

“Two of them have had assessments and were both found to be available for work. Both disagreed and asked for the decisions to be reconsidered and both came back unchanged and both applied to go to a tribunal.

“They both received letters from the tribunal service telling them that their tribunals have been cancelled because Universal Credit has sent them for a new assessment.

“The DWP is denying people on UC the right to have their cases heard by a first tier judge.”

This is extremely disturbing and I am keen to hear from anyone who deals with such matters and has had a similar experience. How do we fight this?

Source: Man died before he got his ESA tribunal decision to reinstate his ESA. – The poor side of life

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