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Debbie Abrahams MP Calls For Complete Axing Of Benefit Assessments

October 20, 2016

A Greater Manchester MP has demanded the government completely scraps ‘wholly inappropriate’ fitness-to-work tests for disabled and severely-ill people.

Earlier this month, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams welcomed news that people with chronic illnesses and severe conditions will no longer be reassessed every six months.

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said ‘pointless’ re-testing of Employment and Support Allowance payments (ESA) recipients with severe, long-term conditions will soon be scrapped.

It was hailed as a ‘victory for common sense’, but campaigners insisted it was merely the first step in tackling ‘draconian’ welfare rules.

It is hoped the change will help people like Sally Rahali and David Boyce from Salford – just two of an ‘unprecedented number’ of disabled people to have fallen foul of the rules in recent months.

Sally scored ‘zero’ on a ESA Work Capability Assessment, meaning her payments were stopped, despite barely being able to climb a set of stairs.

David had to have his leg amputated when his diabetes spiralled out of control because he couldn’t afford to eat healthily when his benefits were halted for five months.

The ESA assessments have been criticised for denying deserving applicants cash, with campaigners highlighting that the majority of appeals are successful.

Mrs Abrahams said the ‘climbdown’ was welcome, but has now urged the government to scrap ESA Work Capability Assessments (WCA) for all applications.

She also wants similar assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits axed.

Speaking in a Commons debate on the issues, Mrs Abrahams said that 60 per cent of appeals against ESA denials are successful.

She also cited a Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study, which claimed the controversial fitness-to-work tests could have been responsible for almost 600 suicides among disabled people.

Mrs Abrahams asked: “Why will the Work and Pensions Secretary not scrap the WCA process immediately and completely?”

She said assessments for PIP were ‘wholly inappropriate’ and accused the government of making it harder for people denied benefits to appeal.

Mrs Abrahams also highlighted the ‘outcry’ – and subsequent u-turn – over planned PIP cuts under former Chancellor George Osborne earlier this year.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. ian minton permalink
    October 20, 2016 4:48 pm

    its about time we need more mp to join her i have an Assessment tomorrow after being on dla since 2003 now I have to go threw it all agane and its making me ill

  2. October 20, 2016 7:24 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. October 20, 2016 7:35 pm

    >Sally scored ‘zero’ on a ESA Work Capability Assessment,
    >meaning her payments were stopped, despite barely being
    >able to climb a set of stairs.

    >David had to have his leg amputated when his diabetes spiralled
    >out of control because he couldn’t afford to eat healthily when his
    >benefits were halted for five months.

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

    Care Act 2014 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents/enacted/data.htm
    Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/42/enacted
    .

    >She also cited a Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
    >study, which claimed the controversial fitness-to-work tests could
    >have been **responsible** for almost 600 suicides among disabled people.

    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/
    .

    So why won’t Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams MP even just ask “Where are the Police?”
    .

    Here are The ‘Public Duties’ of *all* Members of Parliament, including Debbie Abrahams –

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmcode/1885/188502.htm

    “5. Members have a duty to ***uphold the law***, including the general law against discrimination.”

    “10. Members shall base their conduct on a consideration of the public interest, avoid conflict between personal interest and the public interest and resolve any conflict between the two, at once, and in favour of the public interest.”

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/
    (Up to life in prison for not doing their jobs)
    .
    .

    Is Debbie Abrahams MP just too busy counting all of the ahem “donations” that she is getting from Atos/Maximus quacks union Unison?

    http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/debbie-abrahams/4212/financial-interests

    Looks like “Improper Performance” –
    The Bribery Act 2010 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/23/contents

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/
    .

  4. October 21, 2016 2:25 am

    Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

  5. October 21, 2016 2:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  6. October 22, 2016 5:07 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess.

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