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Thirty Day Limit For Benefit Appeals Extended As It’s Ruled Illegal

2nd February 2018 FOR YOUR ATTENTION BLOGGIES. Share it to let others know their rights. The problem with strict time limits for people with health conditions should be obvious. They may have issues that do not always allow them to appeal quickly. And this is something the Upper Tribunal judges thought should be “obvious”. They … Continue reading “Thirty Day Limit For Benefit Appeals Extended As It’s Ruled Illegal”

Is this truly Britain – a land that spies on sick and poor people?

1st February 2018 Courtesy The Guardian by Francis Ryan The demonisation of benefit claimants affects us all. We should help disabled people – instead we wrongly accuse them David’s world was torn apart one morning by an envelope on his doormat. The letter was from the Department for Work and Pensions, and its wording was … Continue reading “Is this truly Britain – a land that spies on sick and poor people?”

Government accepts most of the PIP review recommendations in full

08 January 2018 courtesy DRUK The Department for Work and Pensions appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the two reviews Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. This is his second review. The Review recommendations The Review’s recommendations were that: 1. The Department simplify and better co-ordinate communication products to provide a clear explanation of user responsibilities … Continue reading “Government accepts most of the PIP review recommendations in full”

Big legal victory for Disabled people: the DWP’s changes to PIP regulations were declared unlawful today

courtesy dpac 21st December 2017 On the 21st of December, the High Court judge Mr Justice Mostyn allowed the claim in the case of RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The case was brought by a Disabled person with mental health support needs to challenge the changes the government made to Personal … Continue reading “Big legal victory for Disabled people: the DWP’s changes to PIP regulations were declared unlawful today”

The Need to Fight Institutionalisation by Simone Aspis

Courtesy DPAC 15th December 2017 Closure of the independent living fund and the negative impacts of funding shortfall for maintaining individuals’ care packages has been the centre of disabled peoples independent living campaigns since 2012. Whilst cuts to state-funded assistance have been blamed on austerity, there is one area of care that is rolling in … Continue reading “The Need to Fight Institutionalisation by Simone Aspis”

Advice for Professionals re-exemptions for people facing assessments

Courtesy DPAC 11th Dec 2017 This guide has been produced by Winvisible with support from others. If your GP or support worker etc don’t know what to do this information should be passed onto them. Benefit assessments – exemption to protect ‘vulnerable’ patients There is a great deal of evidence about the profound distress which … Continue reading “Advice for Professionals re-exemptions for people facing assessments”

Work And Pensions Committee To Question ATOS, Maximus And Capita On ‘Gruelling’ Medical Assessments

4th, December 2017 by same difference A press release: This week on Wednesday 6 December at 0930 the Committee will question DWP contractors Atos, Capita and Maximus, who carry out the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA, putting the disturbing evidence it has heard so far to them. The Committee is also publishing … Continue reading “Work And Pensions Committee To Question ATOS, Maximus And Capita On ‘Gruelling’ Medical Assessments”

The Battle To Reverse Legal Aid Cuts Is Stepping Up A Gear

01/12/2017 14:28 GMT A single mother battling against a dodgy landlord who refuses to tackle the damp affecting her baby’s health. A young family forced to skip meals after a flawed benefits decision. A parent worried they’ll not be able to see their child after a difficult divorce. No-one wants to find themselves in these … Continue reading “The Battle To Reverse Legal Aid Cuts Is Stepping Up A Gear”

“If you don’t pay your rent, we’re going to look at every penny you spend and see whether you’re intentionally homeless…” How contempt for homeless people really plays

Posted on November 30, 2017 courtesy of Francis Ryan This is the third article in a series with a housing officer who talks about the realities of providing housing services at councils in austerity across London and Greater London councils.* There’s a transcript from the interview at the end of this post. In this article, … Continue reading ““If you don’t pay your rent, we’re going to look at every penny you spend and see whether you’re intentionally homeless…” How contempt for homeless people really plays”

Woman’s mental health ‘declined’ after council took two and a half years to complete support plan

Croydon council breached Care Act guidance before reneging on its own agreement, ombudsman finds by Alex Turner on November 10, 2017 in Adults, Care Act 2014 A woman with life-limiting conditions, autism and Down’s syndrome was left with declining mental health after a local authority failed to complete her support plan for more than two … Continue reading “Woman’s mental health ‘declined’ after council took two and a half years to complete support plan”