DWP disability tribunal record is a disgrace – but nobody should be ‘shocked’ by it

Tory disability hatred: they really don’t like disabled people, and the culture of hate seems to have seeped into the Department for Work and Pensions, to the point where it even discriminates against its own disabled employees.

We know the Department for Work and Pensions has an appalling record for discriminating against disabled benefit claimants – so why should anybody be “shocked” that it discriminates against its own disabled staff?

This Writer would be surprised if the situation were any different.

That department – and the government to which it answers – seems to be riddled with prejudice against people with disabilities.

This Site has previously published statistics showing that it has been more successful in ending the lives of disabled people than the Nazis were in Germany during the 1930s and 40s.

The DWP’s response to the latest revelation is exactly the same as its response to findings that it has discriminated against disabled benefit claimants as well: it is “reviewing… processes”.

But we know from information about the disability-related deaths that this means it is doing nothing.

Wouldn’t it be a better course of action to work out exactly who, in the department’s leadership, is responsible for all this disability hatred, and bring them to account? I think so.

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost more employment tribunals for disability discrimination than any other employer in Britain since 2016.

BBC Panorama found the DWP lost 17 of 134 claims of discrimination against its own disabled workers from 2016-19.

And it paid out at least £950,000 in both tribunal payments and out-of-court settlements in that time.

The DWP said it was “shocked” by the data but was reviewing its processes to ensure all staff were treated fairly.

Source: DWP says it is ‘shocked’ by its own disability tribunal record – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “DWP disability tribunal record is a disgrace – but nobody should be ‘shocked’ by it

  1. Mark Cunliffe

    Not surprising at all. I worked at jobcentres 20 years ago when it was still the employment service and continued for a couple of years into its transition to jobcentreplus and the DWP. To say that managers there had any understanding of disability would be a complete falsehood. In my own case, mental health issues, they were particularly uneducated and lacking compassion. During one return to work interview I was told by my newly promoted manager (she was sleeping with someone at district office) that she would be recommending to the district manager that my contract be terminated. Fortunately my PCS union rep argued that as my I’ll health had been exacerbated by an assault upon me in the office at a point were no security guard was on duty such a recommendation or action would not look good at a tribunal. I later learnt that during the transition to Jobcentreplus, our office had made a significant overspend on refurbishment and orders from on high were to make savings in staffing. 6 months after my own experience, two colleagues were sacked for ‘poor attendance’. One took them to tribunal and won. I feel sure the other would have to, but he was crushed by his dismissal and never recovered. Subsequently, cost cutting was ensured by the decision to close down another branch in the district

  2. SteveH

    Is it still costing significantly more to deny the vulnerable the support they need than the projected ‘savings’ made?

  3. Simon Cohen

    This is deeply disturbing but no surprise, that staff at the DWP even treart disabled colleagues disprespectably:

    ‘She said her colleagues were often “dismissive” and “quite nasty” when discussing state benefits claimants and she felt they had the same attitude towards her.

    “I think that me being disabled, I kind of felt like if I had time off, people thought I was lying or faking it or I wasn’t really ill, and that was kind of a culture,” she said.

    At Charlotte’s employment tribunal, the judge found she had been unfairly dismissed and discriminated against by the DWP.’

  4. Jeffrey Davies

    Wouldn’t it be a better course of action to work out exactly who, in the department’s leadership, is responsible for all this. Hmmm. Yet they are driven by government they are like that which took place in 1930s. Taking orders from the top RTU IDs set in progress a mass killing machine but they all must now whot they are achieving they get letters daily about the dwp whot they are doing yet on it rolls aktion T4 rolling along with out much of a ado. The River Thames on the embankment a JCB put to pull away the bank open up traitors gate to let pass once more those who cull its people’s

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