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Radical Action – Why I think DWP agents hold the key to forcing change

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

It is well know that Universal Credit is causing hardship, suffering even death. While the public are all too aware of this, employees of The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are living it everyday. That’s why I’m proposing radical action. I will admit that this may not be the most popular of ideas but ask that you hear me

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Proof the DWP intentionally misleads Personal Independence Payment applicants

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Following my journey through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application process and first stage of appeal, I can show how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are intentionally misleading applicants. The way they are operating is leading to disabled people losing out purely on how things are worded. It’s no secret that applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is

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Independent vs Mainstream a Modern Day David and Goliath

A modern day david vs goliath

Journalism is about holding people to account whether it’s awkward or not, so why does this government get a free pass from the mainstream press?   Suicide is always a topic you must be careful when writing about. You have to be responsible so as not to cause fear or alarm to people who are suffering from a mental health

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DWP demand I send medical reports for PIP appeal as they never used any for their original decision.

DWP Sign Caxton House

I wrote before that the DWP had told me that my mental health was not an issue when they gave me my Personal Independence Payment – PIP Assessment decision. Despite saying they’d contact my psychiatrist it appears they didn’t. I called the PIP helpline this week to see if my Mandatory Reconsideration had been done yet. As I previously advised,

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An Introduction to Life Inside Universal Credit’s Nerve Centre

Hi everybody, My name is Bayard, I am a former telephony agent from Universal Credit. I was an employee there for two years and my duties consisted of answering queries, calculating and issuing payments, handling complaints and requests for reconsiderations, booking appointments, issuing advances, and quite a few other things.  Our responsibilities on telephony evolved over the time I was

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Cover-up by DWP – staff told to destroy evidence of foodbank referrals

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A response from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request,shows staff jobcentres are told to destroy evidence of foodbank referrals and stipulate; “it is not to be used for any other purpose, including to count/monitor the number of signposting slips issued” I came across this FOI on the website WhatDoTheyKnow, a website that

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A win for equality as Tesco and Shell agree to improve help for disabled drivers at the pump

Tesco Shell Filling Stations

I can confirm that both Shell and Tesco have confirmed that they are going to work to improve the assistance available to disabled drivers at their petrol stations. A major improvement planned is to ensure that all their filling stations are signed up to the FuelService Scheme

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My son has Craniosynostosis, but what is it and how will they fix it?

As most of you know my six-month-old son Ashton has major surgery in October for a condition affecting his skull. I thought I’d share what the condition he has actually is and what the surgeons will do to resolve it.

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DWP says; it “does not make referrals” to foodbanks. Nor record victims of Domestic Abuse

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Following an Freedom of Information – FOI request I submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP, in mid June, I can now report on their reply. It’s well, astounding and likely another lie.

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Esther McVey blasted by NAO head and looks set for the chop for misleading parliament

Esther McVey in the House of Commons

General Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office – NAO, has taken the highly unusual step of writing an open letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey to “clarify the facts,” following her statement to parliament on the contents of their report. Sir Amyas accused Ms McVey of misrepresenting the NAO’s report and called her behaviour

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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey taunts Universal Credit Claimants with shameless plug for restaurant.

Just when you think Esther McVey couldn’t sink any lower, she does. After weeks of reports and evidence proving that Universal Credit claimants can’t afford basic food items, she does this… Sunday 24th June started like a normal day for me. Breakfast just isn’t a meal that I can afford to budget for. I’m so used to not having it

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‘More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year’ – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Alex ∼ @RespectIsVital ∼ 8th June 2018 Universal credit tips the already poor into hardship, say charity, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year, their study found, this meaning they regularly went without food, toiletries, adequate clothing or shelter. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says a “tangled combination” of benefit

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