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Proof the DWP intentionally misleads Personal Independence Payment applicants

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

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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DWP dramatically admit to damaging my health.

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

In a strange but welcome turn of events, the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP have cancelled my tribunal and recognised my health affects my ability to work. This morning, 29th August, I received an email for Universal Credit stating that I had a message in my online account to read. I was slightly worried as I barely ever

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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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Hidden disabilities & the constant judgement

Stories of angry notes being left on cars in disabled bays or people being accosted for using disabled facilities are becoming so frequent you’d be forgiven for skipping past them. It seems we live in a world where it is acceptable for you to be judged on your appearance rather than, you know…. medical professional’s opinions. Hundreds of thousands, if

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My PIP home assessment & my advice to others facing one

So I thought that I would share my experience of a Personal Independence Payment – PIP home assessment and some tips on how you can make sure you get a fair shout.   So I recently got my award for Personal Independence Payment – PIP. While I am relieved that I was awarded the enhance rate of mobility, meaning I

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Awarded PIP but told I was lying about my mental health

So I finally received the dreaded brown envelope from the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP with a decision on my PIP award. Whilst I am happy I have been awarded it, they say my mental health doesn’t affect me which couldn’t be further from the truth.

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I’m Schrödinger’s Universal Credit claimant according to the DWP

So today, 21st June, I finally received a letter from the DVLA outlining what exactly had been said by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Universal Credit Assessor about my fitness to drive. I previously wrote about how I was reported to the DVLA by my Universal Credit assessor as they doubted my fitness to drive. I can now advise

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DWP tell me ‘I’m not entitled to a break from Universal Credit’ when son has surgery

Alexander Tiffin and Son

The Department for Work and Pensions have this week told me that despite my six-month-old son having major surgery in October, I must still search and be available for work.     The Department for Work and Pensions – DWP have this week told me that despite my youngest son having major surgery on his skull, I must still be

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Universal Credit and it’s effect on my mental health – Part 1

Alexander Tiffin Stressed

Universal Credit is mentally challenging for even those of us with the strongest of minds. Add in under lying mental health issues and its a bomb waiting to go off. A study titled: Left Behind, carried out by national foodbank charity The Trussell, found that 57% of Universal Credit claimants surveyed,suffer from some form of mental health issue as a

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My tribunal is months away and Hugh Grant says what we are thinking

Alex Tiffin

Well it’s been a busy week so far already, I like many others found out my Universal Credit tribunal is going to be months away. Meanwhile Hugh Grant again used an article of mine to let the government know what he thinks of them. So after a busy weekend of trolling following an article I wrote for The Orkney News

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High Court Rules Universal Credit Discriminates the Disabled

The High Court in London has ruled that the government acted ‘unlawfully’ in denying two men disability premiums on their Universal Credit claim. The Victorian Gothic style main entrance to the The Royal Courts of Justice public building in London, UK, opened in 1882. shutterstock Mr Justice Lewis, was told during a hearing in May that the men have been

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