Important updates share widely. 

Please read and share widely. If you arent angry upon reading this then I don’t know how bad it has to become before you become angry. 

As we know the DWP and the government like to stitch everything up so it goes in their favour. Many thanks to the people over at Benefits And Work for all their hard work in challenging these decisions and wrongful treatment. 

To put it simply, we mean nothing to the DWP. Remember that. 
From benefits and Work a very reliable source of information. 
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.

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.

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.

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.

7 thoughts on “Important updates share widely. ”

  1. The Government persecute the poor & vulnerable none stop whilst following policies designed to benefit the Rich, recent news about the disparity of earnings between workers & bosses bears this out. Company execs used to earn about 20 times more than an employee but now they’re earning 150 times more! Meanwhile, those on Benefits are endlessly harassed, people thrown off the sick, or sanctioned, record numbers of homelessness, and people relying on Foodbanks. This country has gone to the dogs. It’s surprising there hasn’t been Riots or an all-out Uprising by now, but I doubt such a thing is even possible anymore in this modern day world of high-tech surveillance and a militarized Police force, everyone would end up either in jail or shot dead in no time at all. We’ve all been had. We have sleep-walked into an Orwellian Capitalist nightmare. Big Brother on Minimum Wage.


  2. I had heard about the three judge Upper Tribunal decision on accepting late appeals. It seems that now the thing for appellants to do is, if they send a late appeal and the DWP doesn’t accept it, you send your appeal direct to the Tribunal Service with an explanation of why it is late, and a copy of the DWP’s refusal letter. Over a number of years, I have had to send late appeals at times, but I find the north west region Tribunal Service, at least, is amenable to allowing late appeals if the person making the appeal can give a half-sensible reason why it was late. About 18 months ago, I had an appeal accepted 11 and a half months late (just within the absolute deadline) because the person concerned had severe mental health issues and no carers. Though I would definitely not recommend leaving things that late!

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  3. The DWP don’t care about the hardship, the financial cost or the personal suffering of claimants.
    They are ‘transforming society’ in their view. So on they go, with cruel Work Capability Assessments, the Christmas roll-out of Universal Credit, increased sanctions etc. Scrooge himself would have been proud of them.

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