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DWP Loses Fight To Stop Claimants Appealing, But Tries To Cover Up Possible Differences Between Atos and Capita PIP Assessments . . .

I belong to an online group, called Benefits and Work, and they have been an amazingly accurate way for me to find out exactly what my rights are as a disabled person.

I get emails from them regularly, mostly when they get updates in the Law, and especially when it concerns the DWP. So their latest email gave me this following news, which made me feel so angered at the sheer waste of money being allowed to continue, while the same people accuse anyone claiming any sort of benefit as losers, users, and any other pejorative phrases they can think up – and all of this, in the so-called pursuit of saving money – by spending far too many pounds, in saving mere pennies!

The way in that the DWP are spending our Tax money, especially as it involves blocking as many vulnerable people as possible from claiming the benefits they are entitled to, is a crime, and it’s about time some Body took them to court over the disasterous actions the DWP have taken, and continue to tak, despite being shown, continuously, all the proof against their austerity-driven actions.

Here’s what they have to say about it all, with a link, immediately below, straight to their Latest News page:

DWP Loses Fight To Stop Claimants Appealing But Tries To Cover Up Possible Differences Between Atos and Capita PIP Assessments

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Dear Reader,

Welcome back to the first newsletter following our summer break.

We hope you had a peaceful, if possibly rather damp, summer.

Sadly, it’s clear that peace is the last thing that the DWP has in mind. More so now than ever before, the DWP is determined to fight every attempt to challenge its decisions or to get it to disclose information.

It is an agency remorselessly at war with the people it is supposed to support.

APPEALS UNLAWFULLY BLOCKED
So, in this update, we have news of the fight the DWP have put up to prevent claimants who are late asking for a mandatory reconsideration from getting to an appeal.

Entirely unlawfully, the DWP has been blocking people from appealing if they miss the one month deadline for asking for a mandatory reconsideration. In truth, the deadline can be extended by a further year where the claimant has good cause for being late. But the DWP had decided that it was up to them to be the judge of whether the claimant had a good reason for missing the deadline and that tribunals shouldn’t be allowed any say in whether they could hear the case.

Happily, a panel of three upper tribunal judges have now said that the DWP must stop preventing claimants from exercising their lawful right to appeal. The case involved ESA, but will apply to all other benefits too.

MILLIONS SPENT ON ESA APPEALS
The Independent, meanwhile, has managed to get the DWP to hand over details of how much they have spent on trying to stop people getting ESA. And, in particular, on fighting appeals against sanctions of sick and disabled claimants ESA.

The cost to the taxpayer has been a staggering £39 million. And that’s just the DWP’s costs. It doesn’t include to cost of the tribunals themselves.

The fact that the DWP has been losing over two thirds of these cases doesn’t discourage them in the slightest.

Far from it. According to the Independent, spending on ESA appeals has increased by 77% in 2017.

WCA REPORT BLOCKED
We also have news of the DWP refusing to accept the ruling of the Information Commissioner that they must publish a report that shows how well Maximus, and Atos before them, carry out work capability assessments.

The reason the DWP have given for the refusal?

Publication of the report could‘give a perception of under-performance’ which could ‘damage the reputation and standing of the companies involved’.

In other words, they don’t want anyone to know how bad things are, so they are trying to use commercial confidentiality as a reason for withholding the truth.

The matter will now be decided by an information tribunal.

PIP GUIDANCE WITHHELD
Then there’s the fight that Benefits and Work is having with the DWP, which is currently on its way to the Information Commissioner.

We’ve asked to see guidance and training materials used by Atos in relation to PIP assessments.

One of the things we want to discover is whether Atos and Capita are following the same procedures or whether the outcome of your assessment depends in part on what area of the country you are living in.

The DWP are fighting to withhold the documents, however.

Their reason?

You’ve probably guessed it: the information is, in some unexplained way, commercially confidential.

The matter is now going to the Information Commissioner and then, quite possibly, to an information tribunal.

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Well, as you can see, the DWP really don’t care in the least just how much Taxpayer’s money they squander – just as long as they can continue getting their own way, and causing the maximum hell to every single person who has to deal with them 😦

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Jeremy Corbyn on Everything . . .

I’ve not often sat to listen to political videos, but came across one on a post by  Beastrabban.

It’s an interview between Owen Jones and Jeremy Corbyn, and lasts around 45 minutes but, if you really want to know the thoughts and ideas of Jeremy Corbyn, then you should listen to it, and see what a difference he could make to us all.

Here’s the link to the interview through Owen Jone’s Youtube account, if you want to watch it directly:

Owen Jones Interviews Jeremy Corbyn

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Friday. A bottle of cordial and Gills tin of beans.  

At this time when there are too many people out there who consider a bottle of juice, or even a tin of beans, a luxury, everyone needs to examine what they want in the future, for our society.
Hopefully, a majority will think of the suffering happening every day, here in the UK, before they tick their box on the 8th of June!

The poor side of life

This is somewhat different to the usual weekly blog that I write. I don’t often write about events outside the weekly demo, to be honest I wasn’t sure that my readers would want to read it. But I thought I’d tell you anyway. Some might want to listen.

I was awoken quite early by a crank call, made by someone for reasons known only to themselves. They appeared to find it humorous to make fun of what we do, and the help that we give to people. Some people are very strange, and sadly this isn’t unusual its become par of the course. I don’t take it to heart and I did report it.

You see, in the over 3 1/2 years that I’ve been doing this I have encountered many negative things. Name calling, swearing, being told by G4S that they were going to knock myself and a friend…

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An open letter to anyone who claims to be voting Tory for the sake of their grandchildren . . .

I’ve just read the latest post from Another Angry Voice – a blog written by Thomas G. Clark, and felt I had to post a link to his words here, too.

An open letter to anyone who claims to be voting Tory for the sake of their grandchildren

His words are eloquent, and true, for everything that’s happening to the ordinary man, or woman, or child, in the UK right now.

He shows, point-by-point, how the Tories have been using their idealogically-driven austerity measures – taking even their own voters for a ride – purely to line their own, and their millionnaire friend’s pockets, and how they are totally trashing everything that our Democracy has ever built that is worthwhile, while making sure that we, the people actually paying their wages, are paying over, and over, and over again.

With the majority of our media outlets in the UK being so totally biased against anyone who wants more than the Tories think we deserve, it’s hard to get across the message that the Tories are killing us: they are killing our freedon to live life as we should be able to (especially if we are ill, poor, elderly, low-waged, or disabled), and they are doing their best to take away our Human Rights, too.

Please click on the link, and read Thomas Clark’s post and, once you have, please think very seriously about how you will soon vote in the General Election?

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AAV: 10 Economic fairy stories that people need to stop believing in . . .

I’ve just been reading Another Angry Voice’s post today, and it has so many points to consider when listening to all the Tory b******t about our economy!
I had to agree with every point made, so why don’t you follow the link below, and read it for yourselves – and do let me know what you think? 🙂

10 Economic Fairy Tales . . .

 

 

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