Tories have wasted £120m in two years trying to tell people they’re not disabled

What a waste of time and money. Over the last two years, Conservative governments have spent more than £120 million in taxpayers’ money fighting disability benefit claims – despite losing three-quarters of tribunal appeals. That means automatic wastage of £90 million – but it is likely that the quarter of claimants who lost their appeals also had valid grounds to claim Personal Independence Payment and/or Employment and Support Allowance but were outflanked by a prejudiced system. The increase in expenditure is far greater than the 13 per cent increase in…

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Prejudiced Tories are unfairly denying benefits to people whose relatives die of Covid-19

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. Doesn’t this show how sly, sneaky and underhanded Boris Johnson and his Tory friends are? If any low-paid frontline NHS and social care workers die of Covid-19, their relatives are entitled to claim a £60,000 lump sum under a Tory compensation scheme. But if they are already claiming benefits and they do this, they will…

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Covid lockdown and Tory PIP assessment cruelty made woman attempt suicide

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. The incompetent – or just plain cruel? – Tory government’s failure to make adequate provision for us all during the Covid-19 lockdown has been worst in the cases of disability benefit claimants, this story shows. Cambridgeshire Live has published the story of Katy (not her real name), who said the stress caused to her by…

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Tory ‘rape clause’ starts to fall apart: how can a woman be denied benefit for being raped in the wrong order?

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. The experience of the lady involved in this story shows that the Tories are discriminating unfairly between rape victims. They’re saying that a person can have two children and still receive the child element of Universal Credit for a third born of rape, only if it…

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Will glue company come unstuck over ‘two weeks without pay’ offer to Universal Credit claimants?

Why is the Tory government allowing this? A glue company called Bond It has advertised jobs via Universal Credit work coaches – which may sound great in these recession-ridden times. There’s only one catch: The firm is asking UC claimants to do the work without pay for two weeks. Not only that, but the job does not appear on Bond It’s own site, nor is its two-week unpaid “trial” mentioned on any other site that advertises jobs. As Ben Claimant points out below, it is specifically for Universal Credit claimants.…

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Is this Tory scheme ‘to help disabled people work from home’ actually any good?

The Department for Work and Pensions is offering people with disabilities – who are able to work – financial help so they can do it at home. This Writer hates to say it about the Tory DWP but it actually seems to be a good idea! Please let me know if it doesn’t behave in the best interests of the people it is supposed to be helping (I can’t find out myself because I’m not disabled and Mrs Mike – who is – doesn’t work). The blurb on gov.co.uk – sorry,…

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Was Universal Credit INTENDED to cause massive errors in payments? DWP accounts suggest so!

Online journalist David Hencke is to be praised for digging these facts out of the black hole of Whitehall obscurity: The Department for Work and Pensions has recorded its worst year of benefit payment failures, with Universal Credit the worst offender. Mr Hencke reports that the department has been censured for material inaccuracy in its accounts for the 32nd year in a row – going back to the days of the old Department for Social Security. Annual accounts released on June 30 show that “Excluding State Pension, the estimated rate…

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DWP rejection of benefit increase call proves conclusively: we’re NOT ‘all in it together’

The Department for Work and Pensions has rejected a call by its own advisors to increase benefits and help two million people get through the Covid-19 crisis. The Tory government promised to increase the amounts of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits payable to claimants, way back in March. But people on the so-called “legacy” benefits like Employment and Support Allowance have been denied the same courtesy. Ministers said this is because it would take too much time to implement. What – a few keystrokes on a computer takes too…

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Let’s ALL show our support for this whistleblower dismissed by DWP

The PCS union has asked for members to send messages of support to a whistleblower after the Department for Work and Pensions broke rules by dismissing him. Perhaps we should all do the same? Would that send an appropriate message? Here’s the story: The DWP dismissed Enrico La Rocca, an employee for more than 27 years, then working in Preston Carers’ Allowance unit, in May. Mr La Rocca had highlighted serious concerns about the department’s handling of CA overpayments over a number of years. His concerns were taken up by…

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DWP crashes to another court defeat over sickness benefits

The High Court has just ruled that a rule allowing the Department for Work and Pensions to force some benefit claimants to wait – unpaid – for a mandatory reconsideration before they can appeal against refusal is unlawful. The system previously demanded that, if a claim for income-related Employment and Support Allowance was refused, claimants would have to wait for a “mandatory reconsideration” of their case to take place before they could appeal. This could take weeks, and has often taken months, in which the claimant – who is claiming…

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