Universal Credit Cock-ups: the Computer Industry Speaks.

“Basic flaw rests in the idea that we can “personalise” benefits for millions of people. There are just too many moving parts; and in a system with millions of iterations, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. “ Following the advice of many people on this Blog, I have been looking at what the […]

via Universal Credit Cock-ups: the Computer Industry Speaks. — Ipswich Unemployed Action.

DWP deliberately blind to the failures of its cruel sanctions regime

Letters: The DWP‘s cruel benefit sanctions regime is leaving vulnerable people without the means to support themselves. So why isn’t anyone listening?

If you commit a crime, no criminal court in the UK is allowed to make you go hungry as a punishment. But if you’re late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, they can remove all your income and leave you unable to feed yourself or your family for weeks at a time.

Britain’s Welfare System is badly broken. There are thousands upon thousand of recorded narratives of the severe damage sanctions do to our fellow citizens in the UK.

read more here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/dwp-deliberately-blind-to-the-failures-of-its-cruel-sanctions-regime/


Dad DIES 10 months after Job Centre bosses told his doctor not to write any more sick notes

The DWP wrote to James Harrison’s doctor behind his back and declared him fit for work 10 months before he died

A seriously ill dad died just 10 months after Department for Work and Pensions bosses advised his GP not to write any more sick notes for him.

James Harrison had been declared “fit for work” and should not get medical certificates, the letter said.

read more here:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dwp-told-dying-dads-gp-9529945?ICID=FB_mirror_main

‘Absurd’ DWP accused over refusal to publish PIP statistics

Ministers have been accused of “absurdity and obfuscation” after refusing to explain why they do not publish statistics showing the number of assessments carried out on disabled people applying for their new disability benefit.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes extensive data about the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA).

Read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/absurd-dwp-accused-over-refusal-to-publish-pip-statistics/

Big disability charities ‘are selling out disabled people’ by seeking DWP contracts

The country’s largest disability charities have been accused of “selling out” disabled people, as they look set to play a significant role in providing back-to-work services under the government’s new Work and Health Programme.

read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/big-disability-charities-are-selling-out-disabled-people-by-seeking-dwp-contracts/

What to do if DWP disregard medical evidence saying you can’t do Work Related Activity #ESA

From the Disabled People Against Cuts  website . DPAC wish to thank John Slater for this article
Some claimants placed in the Work Related Activities Group of ESA  (WRAG) find that their medical condition has worsened, possibly because of the Work Related Activities (WRA) they must undertake. But when they notify the DWP to tell them, even if they have supporting medical evidence from their GP or consultant, the DWP work advisor or coach disregards the evidence and still insist for the claimant to undertake WRA because they are in the WRAG.
What follows is an explanation of why the DWP advisor/coach may be acting unlawfully, and of what claimants might be able do in this situation.
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According to both ATOS and DWP a person is NOT disabled if the following apply.

This was posted on the DPAC facebook page:

According to both ATOS and DWP a person is NOT disabled if the following apply…

I) you wear clean clothes

I) you brush your hair

I) you make eye contact

I) your clothes appear to have been ironed

I) you have painted nails

I) your hair is dyed

I) you are of average build

I) you have your hair styled

I) you can open a bag

I) you have a clear complexion

I) you can talk

The list goes on. I would love to know what ATOS and DWP say a disabled person looks like as I’m sure there’s laws against such a thing. DISCRIMINATION!!!

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