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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Now the Tories have given £240 million to a firm linked to religious extremists for PPE

After all the criticism for awarding major contracts to firms run by their friends, you’d expect the Tories would have gone back to competitive tendering for their biggest PPE contract. Not a bit of it! Instead, they gave nearly a quarter of a billion pounds – for the supply of full-body overalls – to a firm founded and run by leading members of a hardline, conservative religious sect which preaches that the outside world is morally corrupting, according to Byline Times. Unispace Global Health was also awarded a £103.7 million contract for the…

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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 corruption? Party supporters get £180m of OUR money to supply PPE. But will they?

You’d think the Tories would have learned their lesson after Liz Truss was caught handing £150 million to a Board of Trade crony for face masks that don’t work. But no – the UK’s corrupt-to-the-core Tory government won’t learn because it will never face any consequences. So Tory ministers have handed a further £180 million of our cash to supporters of their political party, on the grounds that it is paying for more PPE (personal protective equipment) that will be used to help treat people with Covid-19. Will it arrive?…

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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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This grandmother DIED weighing just three stone because the Tories LIED about reviewing benefits for the terminally ill

Christine McCluskey did not have to die in the humiliating way your Conservative government demanded. The 61-year-old grandmother had suffered long-term health problems most of her adult life including Crohn’s disease – which left her with a colostomy bag – osteoporosis, arthritis, a stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This housebound lady had a feeding tube and a painful fistula that leaked through her abdominal wall, she was severely malnourished and was being investigated for a worrying cough at the time the Department for Work and Pensions assessed her for…

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Nurses protest outside Downing Street because they STILL don’t have proper PPE

More than half a year after Boris Johnson was warned of the dangers of Covid-19, nurses still do not have adequate protective equipment. That’s why they held a protest outside Downing Street yesterday (June 3) – to demand better protection, and higher pay. The government – as you may have come to expect – isn’t interested. It isn’t an unreasonable request – especially for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff who have been proven to be more susceptible to the virus. The campaign group Nurses United wants a 10 per…

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Election 2019: Will YOU vote to support Tory policies of death by benefit denial?

  It would be easy to forget – during the general election campaign – that Conservative government policies have contributed to the deaths of thousands of disabled people. According to the Department for Work and Pensions, they died after the government rejected their claims for Personal Independence Payment – or before the government could be bothered to make a decision. I refer to official figures released on February 1 this year. They state that 7,990 claimants, who died within six months of their claim being registered, had had their claims…

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Tory cruelty condemned in handwritten signs telling personal stories

A grassroots campaign for people to vote the Conservatives out of power has been spreading across noticeboards all over the UK. People have pinned the handwritten notes in public places, taken photos of them and then posted the images online under the hashtag #ToryStory Here are a few from a Daily Mirror piece on the phenomenon – there are many more. Do you have a #ToryStory ? If so, why not write it out and post it – in real life and online? You might help swing the election result. Source:…

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Did DWP stop this woman’s benefit SOLELY to make her suicidal?

This story, broken today by Welfare Weekly, would be shocking if it wasn’t what we have come to expect from the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions. It concerns Patricia, who has Ankylosing Spondylitis and has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. A social housing tenant, she had been receiving Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, and Housing Benefit. Then the DWP stopped her Housing Benefit – suddenly, for no reason, and without telling Patricia. The first she knew of it was when her housing association told her she…

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