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If DWP lawyers don’t attend tribunals it means benefit claimants AREN’T cheating, Daily Mail!

June 9, 2014

Mike Sivier's blog

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The Fail has struck again with a comically inaccurate piece about benefit appeal tribunals.

“Benefits claimants cheats (sic) are able to keep money they are not entitled to because government officials fail to turn up to legal hearings,” thundered the piece by MailOnline political editor Matt Chorley, who should know better – both in terms of grammar and logic.

“The Department for Work and Pensions sent lawyers to just four per cent of tribunals held last year to rule on decisions to cut benefits.

“It means that in many cases people are able to successfully argue in favour of keeping their money, because the government has failed to turn up to challenge it.”

No – that’s not what it means.

If the DWP has made a decision not to send lawyers to defend the cancellation of a claimant’s benefit, it means they expect the facts to speak for themselves…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. scott permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:20 am

    I had a dwp man sitting in on my appeal I was seen by a judge a doctor and a disability lady- I waited 60 weeks to be seen.i t was postponed once because dwp failed to send me a medical report-you couldn’t make it up- however the panel were disgusted at the report that atos had wrote about me all rubbish- I won my appeal and they even tried a tactic phoning me up on the morning to try to get me to back out! don’t back out and don’t give up- my year of perseveranc epaid off I was awarded low rate care and low rate mobility -the dwp man sat in on my meeting and I think he was shocked at atos and shocked at how much pain I was in- don’t bother with a paper case-you must go in person it is vital-they ask v probing questions but they were in no way trying to catch you out.

  2. Jerry Lonsdale permalink
    June 9, 2014 1:50 pm

    Interesting answers from DWP in regards to the representation at tribunals, you will have to scroll down to the Work and Pensions petition

  3. Night Ingale permalink
    June 9, 2014 2:16 pm

    Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:02:28 +0000 To:

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