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How The DWP Will Make Sure Claimants Won’t Have A Happy Christmas

December 9, 2015

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  1. December 9, 2015 12:44 am

    I’m worried. I was awarded the enhanced care rate of PIP after a mandatory reconsideration in late March. Can I assume I’m safe until March? Brown envelopes fill me with dread!

  2. Chris permalink
    December 9, 2015 1:11 am

    Good, so many undeserving people claiming sick. It’s unreal. Why would anyone who’s fit for work dread it?

    • December 9, 2015 1:35 am

      The overwhelming majority of people in receipt of disability benefits are not fit for work. The amount of refusals overturned on appeal shows that there is something very wrong with the assessment process. DWP ignored a letter from my GP and the decision was only overturned when this was backed up by a letter from a hospital consultant. Your comment implies that you think that I am fit for work when in fact you know nothing about me.

    • December 9, 2015 2:04 am

      Chris. I agree with you. Many were placed on “the sick” to lower unemployment figures. The biggest scam, however, is Blue Badges. These are supposed to be for those who have a mobility problem. However, just observe the majority when they park & display the Badge. They spring from their cars & stride off – total con. IDS has the right idea.

      • December 9, 2015 2:18 am

        Slap7, I think that in some cases you’re right, I’ve seen many people with blue badges who, at first sight, don’t seem to warrant a blue badge (but then neither you or I know what their health condition is) Another area where savings could be made is with motability. A man who lives a few doors away from me has a new motability car every three years. The build quality of modern cars is such that they shouldn’t need replacing for seven, maybe even ten years. If there is a problem such as the vehicles can only be leased for a three year period then surely this could be addressed.

        I disagree that many people have been placed on sickness benefits to lower the unemployment figures. It’s true that there are a small number of people “working the system” but the amount of medical evidence needed to claim sickness benefits is considerable and regularly required.

      • December 9, 2015 9:21 am

        Neither slap7 (who seems to be a Tory troll) nor you, Mr Hackett, has got things quite right. Firstly, DLA was not paid to claimants who “went on the sick” to reduce the unemployment figures, as it is / was paid to people with disabilities regardless of their employment status.

        Secondly, the Motability leasing scheme was introduced to replace the ghastly invalid carriages ( formerly supplies to people with disabilities. The reason that they are leased to disabled drivers for only three years is so that they remain reliable and also retain a reasonable market value at the end of the lease; if they were leased for “seven maybe even ten years”, they would have very little value at the end of the lease.

      • December 9, 2015 9:39 am

        Paul C Dickie, I obviously don’t understand how the motability leasing scheme works. Does the “…reasonable market value” at the end of the three year lease go back into the coffers of private companies or back into a pot for the motability scheme? Modern cars remain reliable for longer than three years, I’ve had three new cars and got 10 years out of each of them. (I’m not suggesting that motability cars should be used as such for 10 years by the way)

        I forgot to remind Slap7 that the driver of the blue badged car is not necessarily the driver of that car and the people he’s seen springing out of them may well be picking up a person with mobility problems. I think you’re right in assuming that he’s a Tory troll.

    • Carl permalink
      December 9, 2015 8:37 am

      I fought for 5 years to get ESA that’s 5 years living on £35 / Week .. being told im “fit for work” with every medical with ATOS miracles … After the 5 years and a 3rd tier tribunal the REAL Doctors award me 20 points, which is basically the most you can get for my conditions – YET … even though these conditions will never go away, I’m due another medical this coming year to see if my Autism / Aspergers and everything else has magically cured itself …

    • December 9, 2015 9:14 am

      Because even if you have conditions like cerebral palsy which will never get better and in most cases get worse you will regularly get a “brown letter” and have to prove once again (and again) that you are not fit for work and many times you will be found fit for work and have to go through an appeals procedure that takes time and through which you lose your support – that is why people dread the letters.

  3. December 9, 2015 2:47 pm

    Chris and slap7 I’m guessing that you both maybe Internet tory trolls! Well all I can say is i was born seriously poorly I am now 34 years old and my health is rapidly deteriorating though to other people I look fine looks as they say can be deceiving it has taken me a long time to be put on esa until this time I worked and now they want to take my esa even though my health us deteriorating and my go has said I am unfit for work so I would say to you both unless you no my health conditions and the health conditions of others then you have no right to comment I guess you have never been ill in your life and do not no what it is like to be so poorly well I pray you never do I would not wish it on my worst enemy! As for ids he should be taken to court and put on trial for murder!

  4. December 9, 2015 2:54 pm

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

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