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Disabled Activists Demand Halt to PIP Assessments Following Death

Disabled People Against Cuts DPAC Logo and a Job centre plus queue

A group who fights for disabled people’s rights; Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have called for the immediate halting of health assessments for the benefits Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and Employment and Support Allowance. Their call comes after a man died inside a jobcentre having previously being found; “Fit For Work”. Unfortunately we have become all to accustomed to horror

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New Foodbank Study Blames Benefit System for Increases

Inside Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank - Trussell Trust

A comprehensive three year study by National Foodbank charity Trussell Trust and Heriot Watt University has been released today. Titled; The State of Hunger, it gives an insight to what has been driving the massive increase in foodbank use across the UK. It is clear from the report that there is one main reason; benefits. 86% of those surveyed were

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A New Record! DWP Now Lose PIP Appeals 74% of the Time

DWP Sign Caxton House

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) faces further embarrassment after their latest figures show 74% of Personal Independence (PIP) claimants win when appealing their original benefit decision. Despite these figures, the under fire department decided to extended the contracts of the private assessment companies undertaking health assessments PIP. These latest figures once again raise the question on the fitness

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MP Asks Human Rights Commission to Investigate Benefit Deaths

DWP logo next to a hospital patient benefit claimant

A Labour MP has written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asking them to investigate the circumstances around the high number of deaths following benefit claimants being found Fit for Work or having their benefits reduced or cut. Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams has written to the EHRC following the news that over 10,000 Personal Independent

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Over Half of Disabled Claimants Moved to PIP lose High Rate Mobility

Disabled Workers and the DWP Logo

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are facing further criticism following the release of yet another shocking statistic. In an answer to a written question it was revealed that 52% of claimants moved from Disability Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have had the high rate element of mobility removed. That means that since 2013, over half a

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DWP – PIP Rejection Deaths 2,390 More Than Thought

PIP Denied Death

I previously reported how The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reported that between June 2013 and July 2018, 7,990 people died within six months of having there Personal Independence Payment claim rejected. Now just under two months later, it has emerged that this number is actually 10,380. That’s 2,390 more than we were told in February. Labour MP Madeline

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Rudd’s Lies Exposed – The Real Reasons for DWP Changes

Amber Rudd DWP

On Wednesday, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his spring statement to update us on the state of the UK economy. On benefits, he resisted cross party calls to scrap the benefit freeze early. However, in an Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) report accompanying the statement, it was revealed that Amber Rudd’s recent announcements were not for compassion but due to

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5,700 PIP Claimants Turned Away From Assessments Due To Staff Shortages

PIP Assessment Logo with finger pointing saying Go Home

An answer to a written question to The Work & Pensions Secretary has revealed that, in 2018, 5,700 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants attended their health assessment to only be told there was nobody available to assess them. This is more evidence that private companies are unfit to run benefit health assessments. Labour MP for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel,

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New Assessment System Could Lose You TWO Benefits At Once

Amber Rudd DWP

Last week, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced that her department was looking into combining the health assessments for certain benefits into one. However, rather than remedy anything,this would then risk sick and disabled claimants losing two benefits at once. Currently, benefit claimants who have a health condition or disability face separate assessments when applying for welfare benefits like

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New Scottish Welfare System leads the way – DWP take note

Social Security Scotland logo and DWP Logo

The Scottish Government unveiled its ambitious plans for how it’s going to deliver the 11 welfare benefits devolved to it from Westminster. In a break from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hostility to claimants, the Scottish system concentrates on claimants welfare, rather than how much they’re costing them. Having looked at the plans, all I can say is

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Disabled workers on Tax Credits set lose £4,420 when moved to Universal Credit

Disabled Workers and the DWP Logo

Disabled workers on Tax Credits can currently receive additional premiums, a Disabled Element (WE) and a Severe Disability Element (SDE). However, if they’re moved to Universal Credit there’s no provision for these and it will see claimants lose over £4,000 a year. There’s been much talk on the news about the loss of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) for claimants

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7,990 DIE within 6 months of PIP claim rejection. Over 5,000 terminal claimants don’t receive decision

PIP Denied Death

Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP has revealed that between 2013 and 2018 over 73,000 claimants died within 6 months of making their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim. However, she also revealed that 7,990 claimants who’d had their claim REJECTED, died within 6 months of making a claim. Not to mention that over 5,000 terminally ill people never lived

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DWP cuts Xmas Bonus by backdoor in shock to Universal Credit claimants

  The DWP has revealed that claimants used to receiving the one-off Christmas Bonus on legacy benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), are no longer entitled to the additional money once they’ve moved onto Universal Credit. The Christmas Bonus is a one-off, tax-free £10 payment made to people on certain benefits in the first week of December. It

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Two in Three Personal Independence Payment decisions overturned at Tribunal since 2013

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

A Freedom of Information request has shown that since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) came into being in 2013, over two-thirds of cases that go to Tribunal result in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision being overturned. This will come as no surprise as the number of decisions emerging in favour of the claimant has always been high. What

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