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Coronavirus: DWP/Post Office plan to send cash benefits to claimants at risk has one serious flaw

Cash money: it’s one of the most obvious ways possible of transmitting diseases – and the Tories want to send it direct to the homes of the people the coronavirus is most likely to kill.

We’re all being asked to use cash money as little as possible under the coronavirus lockdown because it is a notorious carrier of disease.

Those little gold, silver and bronze coins that we normally handle every day – who knows where they’ve been? This Writer knows of people putting them in their mouths so anything could be on them.

And paper money – what else has been on the hands that have handled them? Again, the mind can only imagine.

So why in blazes is the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions trying to send this money into the homes of people whose lives are most at risk from coronavirus?

Is it a deliberate attempt to bypass social distancing procedures and make sure they catch the disease?

The DWP and Post Office have launched a joint initiative to deliver benefit payments direct to the homes of claimants shielding because of the risk of coronavirus infection.

The new service from the Post Office will enable cash benefit payments to be sent to individuals identified by the DWP as shielding at home because of the risk of infection from COVID-19 and who agree to receive payments in this way.

The joy of it – for the malicious Tories – is that if these claimants die of the disease alone at home, nobody will know for a considerable period of time and they won’t be added to the government’s already-questionable death figures.

But someone needs to have a serious talk with whoever approved this homicidal plot – and get them to find a less terminal way of paying people what they are owed.

Source: DWP and Post Office launch joint initiative to deliver cash benefit payments direct to homes of claimants most at risk from coronavirus – Rightsnet

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Struggling food banks move towards home deliveries. Why not deliver government packages?

Food bank: they’re struggling in the coronavirus crisis, and diversifying into home delivery. Why not link up with the government, which is doing the same?

Duplication is a waste of effort.

But it seems both the government and the food bank network are arranging deliveries to people who have become vulnerable, including because of the coronavirus crisis.

Why don’t they just work together?

Many [food banks] are attempting to switch gears and move into the home delivery of emergency food packages.

Food banks across the UK are struggling to stay open as the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause a sharp decline in volunteers and a shortage of food donations.

It comes as a new survey revealed the scale of the hunger crisis facing Britain. Some 1.5 million people reported not eating for a whole day during the first three weeks of lockdown, according to a YouGov poll for The Food Foundation.

[In the new system,] drivers deliver to people struggling with job losses, cuts in income or difficultly getting outside for health reasons.

Source: Help the Hungry: Food banks move towards home deliveries amid struggle to keep doors open | The Independent

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Coronavirus: are people with disabilities being left to starve – in breach of the Tory government’s pledge?

Checkout: it seems the Tory governent may be encouraging people with disabilities to check out of LIFE, after promising to arrange supermarkets to deliver groceries to them and then reneging on it.

Claims that some people with disabilities could slip through a government safety net and be left to starve are understated. Where is the safety net?

According to Disability News Servicethe government announced that 1.5 million disabled people had been categorised as “extremely vulnerable” to the virus and would receive regular deliveries of basic groceries if they do not have their own support network of friends and family.

The list includes those with severe respiratory conditions, many people on immunosuppression therapies, and those with certain cancers.

DNS quoted a disabled Baptist minister who raised concerns that people with disabilities who were not on the government’s list would be left to starve to death.

But here’s my concern:

I have family members who qualify for this help – according to the criteria listed by the government – and haven’t heard a single word about regular grocery deliveries for them.

It raises the question: who actually is on this mythical list of people who qualify for such deliveries? Who compiled it? Does it exist at all?

Or is it as fake as the government’s claims about personal protective equipment, coronavirus tests and ventilator supplies?

Remember: the government has ordered the NHS to deny coronavirus treatment to anybody with the disabilities in its list, if they contract it.

This Site would be keen to hear from anybody who has been contacted about receiving deliveries of supplies from supermarkets – on grounds that their health condition qualifies them for it.

Let’s find out the truth of this.

Source: Coronavirus: Blind Baptist minister fears disabled people could be left to starve – Disability News Service

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This is the reason we don’t even trust the DWP to send us letters any more

Distortion With Prejudice: Will we ever get honesty from the Department for Work and Pensions – or just more spin and spiel?

The story about the new mother – and her baby – who are facing eviction because the Department for Work and Pensions cut off her ESA on the grounds that she couldn’t prove she didn’t receive a letter (an impossible task) has sparked a huge reaction.

Jacqui Madonia is now trying to survive on one foodbank voucher a week, a single hardship payment of £80, and the “occasional tenner here and there” from her family, after the DWP claimed she had missed an appointment for a Work Capability Assessment – for which she was not notified.

The Department claims it “can be assumed [the letter]was delivered as there was no evidence to the contrary” – but that’s not how the burden of proof works.

The evidence is clear: The Department for Work and Pensions lies about its activities. DWP officers either deliberately fail to send appointment letters to vulnerable people or they delay those letters until after the date of the appointments. Then they claim they are above suspicion and accuse innocent people of dishonesty.

Ms Madonia had no idea any letter had even been sent, until the DWP sent her one – which did arrive – asking her why she hadn’t turned up to the WCA.

Considering the evidence, including the fact that at least one letter did manage to arrive at her home, it is clear that the burden of proof is with the DWP. Where is the evidence that a letter was written? Where is the evidence that it was sent? And where is the proof that it was delivered to the right address?

Many of us have experienced incidents in which the DWP has failed to contact us at an appropriate time.

Nicol Hart, on the Vox Political Facebook page, put it very well when she wrote:

They DON’T care…!! No-one believes that the letters are even sent out…!! It is a deliberate ploy by the DWP to manufacture a reason to stop paying people benefits…!! I know people who have never had the letters and have had their benefits stopped because they never received any letter informing them of an interview that had been arranged for them. I was sitting in the home of a claimant – when his postie delivered his mail. I watched him open his mail and there WAS a letter there notifying him of an appointment made for him by the DWP…!! The only PROBLEM was – that the appointment was for 2 days BEFORE the letter arrived at his house…!! Another deliberate tactic by IDS and the DWP at the time…?? How is it that any notifications of the appointments are NEVER sent to the mobile phones of the people who the appointments are supposedly made for…?? The NHS – Your Doctor – Your dentist and numerous other organisations, ALL send you reminders of appointments – at least one day before the appointment is due….!! Even taxi company’s and Takeaway delivery company’s do the same…!! The DWP have the mobile phone numbers of their claimants – PROVE that they KNEW about their appointments by sending them a text – Simples…!! IF the appointments EVER existed in the first place…!!

The “delayed” appointment letter is a classic. No doubt many of you have heard of it, if you haven’t experienced it.

Mrs Mike experienced it but, fortunately, we were able to put the situation right before any serious trouble arose.

Another DWP dodge we experienced happened when the DWP unilaterally closed down Mrs Mike’s ESA claim on the grounds that her period in the Work-Related Activity Group had ended and she should be claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance instead, while looking for work.

In fact, she had appealed against being put in the WRAG – on the advice of her DWP-appointed work-related activity coach, who said there was no way she would be ready to go back to work before her time in the group (limited to one calendar year) expired.

The DWP had received the appeal – and then ignored it in every respect other than to put a note on her file, never to contact her again in any way at all.

When I found out, I kicked up such a stink that they shamefacedly agreed to put her on income-related ESA until another assessment could take place. She’s now in the Support Group, where the DWP seems happy to leave her for the time being.

The evidence is clear: The Department for Work and Pensions lies – consciously tells falsehoods – about its activities. DWP officers either deliberately fail to send appointment letters to vulnerable people or they delay those letters until after the date of the appointments. Then they claim they are above suspicion and accuse innocent people of dishonesty.

This has to end.

If the DWP officers responsible for this latest fiasco are really squeaky-clean, let them prove it. Let us see the proof that they wrote an appointment letter to Ms Madonia. Let us see proof of postage. Let them provide evidence that the Royal Mail – or whichever post handling company the DWP uses – delivered it.

If the DWP cannot provide this evidence, then the letter wasn’t delivered and the Department owes Ms Madonia – not only the full amount of her benefit, backdated to cover the period she has had to go without, but also a hefty compensation payment for the inconvenience caused by this civil service department’s dishonesty.

And I have a feeling Ms Madonia is not the only benefit claimant to have suffered this dishonesty at the hands of this government department.

So let’s see other benefit claimants come forward with their stories of similar wrong treatment. Let the DWP explain its behaviour towards them as well. And if it can’t, let us see some serious payouts to cover the injustice done to these people, as well.

David Gauke is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

If this is how he runs his department, let us have his resignation.

AFTERWORD: The stories are still coming in – here’s one in response to this article, from Anne Gambrell:

“Happened to lone parent family member a couple of years ago. Arrived at usual signing on time. “You should have been here two hours ago, we sent a letter. You’re sanctioned”. “I didn’t get a letter”. “We sent it”. Rang me in tears, told her to go back in and ask to see a supervisor and to ask supervisor to print copy of supposed letter or record thereof, off her file. Wasn’t one, because it was never sent. Payments restored. Trust destroyed.”


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Mum and new baby face Christmas eviction after DWP perverts burden of proof

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

The DWP is claiming that Ms Madonia is lying about not receiving a letter because there is no evidence to show that it didn’t arrive.

This is a perversion of logic, and one of the occasions in which the claim that “you cannot prove a negative” in fact rings true.

If a person did not receive a letter, having had no reason to expect it, then it is illogical to expect them to provide proof that they didn’t have it. What are they supposed to offer?

On the contrary, the burden should be on the DWP to provide firm evidence that the letter was written, posted and delivered.

Where is that evidence? Without it, Ms Madonia’s claim cannot be disputed.

A disabled woman with a new baby is set to be evicted a fortnight before Christmas because the Department for Work and Pensions stopped her benefits when she failed to attend a “fitness for work” test she had not been told about.

Jacqui Madonia was left “in despair” as she was told to survive on one foodbank voucher a week, a single hardship payment of £80, and the “occasional tenner here and there” from her family.

The assessment was supposed to take place just 13 days after Madonia gave birth to her second son Edward by caesarean on 4 July at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

The former civil servant told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in an employment and support allowance (ESA) questionnaire that she was due to give birth by caesarean before she went into hospital.

But she received a letter sent on 18 July which asked her why she had failed to attend a work capability assessment (WCA) the previous day.

She explained that she had not been told – either by letter or by text – about the appointment, but then received a further letter saying that her ESA had been removed because it “can be assumed [the letter]was delivered as there was no evidence to the contrary”.

Source: Mum and new baby face Christmas eviction after WCA ‘nightmare’


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Cameron’s comedy turn won’t make anybody happy

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David Cameron should be very happy that UKIP is around to make him look acceptable.

We can’t ever say he’ll look good, but in contrast to the ‘Farage wave’, the spectacle of UKIP being thrown out of the venue where it was supposed to be launching its European election campaign, and the never-ending queue of candidates who are desperate to embarrass themselves publicly – what’s the latest one? “Women should be made to wear skirts because they’re a turn-on for men”? Ye gods… – it’s easy to think that the Conservatives are mild, or at least rational.

They’re not.

But Cameron was keen to project an image of competence at the Conservatives’ campaign launch for the local council elections. This is strange because, with his record of achievement, the things he was saying seem more like stand-up comedy than serious statements of ability.

Try this, about the European Union: “I have a track record of delivery – and believe me, whatever it takes, I will deliver this in-out referendum.” A track record of delivery? Well, yes. He delivered a top-down reorganisation of the NHS that nobody wanted, leading to an inrush of private health companies into the NHS – that nobody wanted. He has delivered the lowest amount of house-building, per year, since records began. He has delivered a withered economic ‘recovery’ that arrived three years later than if he had continued with the plan of the previous, Labour, government. He has delivered all the benefits of that ‘recovery’ to the extremely rich, rather than sharing it equally with the people responsible for it. And he has delivered a new high in employment, with no economic benefit to the country, that has left workers on wages that are so low they are going into debt.

He delivered the bedroom tax.

He delivered a massive increase in the National Debt.

He delivered millions of people into poverty and food bank dependence.

Ha ha ha. Very funny, Mr Cameron.

He told us, “People said I would never veto a European treaty. In 2011 that’s exactly what I did.” Well, yes. But the rest of Europe just went right ahead and carried on without you. You marginalised Britain as a member of the EU and made us a laughing-stock in the eyes of the world.

Ha ha ha. Very funny, Mr Cameron.

“We came through the great recession together; we are building the great British revival together,” he said. But he can’t say that to the many thousands of people who used to be claiming sickness and disability benefits but aren’t anymore because they are all dead. They didn’t come through the great recession. Cameron cut off their means of survival, forcing them into situations in which their health was allowed to worsen until their conditions overwhelmed them, or their situation induced such huge bouts of depression that they took their own lives.

Ha h- no. That’s not funny, Mr Cameron.

“The job is not done. If you want to finish the job we have started, back the party with a plan,” he said. Well, no. The Conservative plan (such as it is) will destroy your employment rights, scrap the welfare state, maintain a huge underclass of unemployed people to use as fodder for work-for-your-benefit schemes (a contradiction in terms if ever there was one) to circumvent the minimum wage, and to claim credit for successes that aren’t theirs.

There is only one reason to support the Conservative Party in this – or any other election.

That is if there is only one other political party on the ballot paper – and that party is UKIP.

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