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DWP Take On Hundreds Of Staff As McVey Admits 220,000 Claaimants Affected By PIP MH U-Turn

January 25, 2018

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Esther McVey, secretary of state for work and pensions, admitted yesterday that up to 220,000 claimants could have been affected by the DWP’s attempt to discriminate against people with mental health conditions claiming personal independence payment (PIP). The DWP are taking on hundreds of extra staff to try to identify and contact affected claimants.

New staff
Last week we highlighted the DWP’s shock decision not to challenge the court decisions in RF and MH.

These were cases in which the DWP tried to defend its attempts to make it much more difficult for claimants with mental health conditions to claim the mobility component of PIP.

At the time it was believed that around 160,000 claimants could have been affected by the DWP’s attempts to change the law.

However, in answering an urgent question in the Commons yesterday, McVey revealed that the DWP now believe that the number of claimants affected could be as high as 220,000.

McVey told MPs:

“Up to 220,000 people could be affected. That is why we are taking the process very seriously. We as a Department will reach out to those people, once we know exactly what we are doing.”

According to McVey each affected claimant should get a letter from the DWP and receive backdated PIP:

“The Department for Work and Pensions will undertake an exercise to go through all affected cases in receipt of PIP and all decisions made following the judgment in the MH case to identify anyone who might be entitled to more as a result of the judgment. We will then write to the individuals affected and all payments will be backdated to the effective date in each individual’s claim.”

The task is a huge one and the DWP are “actively recruiting hundreds of staff for this at the moment”.

Public cash v crowdfunding
McVey also revealed that the DWP had spent £181,000 of public money on fighting claimants in these cases. She added that:

“ . . . a Department as big as the DWP expects the costs of court cases to be that high, and they are comparable with those of other Departments engaged in similar judicial review cases.”

Claimants, on the other hand, had just £8,000 in crowdfunding – much of that donated by Benefits and Work readers – to fight their corner.

We’ll continue to publish updates on this issue as it becomes clearer exactly how the DWP now intend to interpret the law and what guidance they issue to decision makers, health professionals and to staff tasked with identifying claimants who have lost out.

We have now updated our PIP claims guide in the members’ area to take account of the DWP’s decision not to appeal.

You can read the emergency question and answers here.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2018 7:59 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. January 25, 2018 9:16 am

    Reblogged this on Christopher John Ball.

  3. January 25, 2018 5:52 pm

    >”We as a Department will reach out to those people,
    >once we know exactly what we are doing.”

    Going to prison, is what they should be doing.

    Dreaming up yet another way to defraud/abuse/torture/murder is what they are probably doing.

    Those BSers at “Benefits And Work” *still* not heard of the Fraud Act?

    So… Where are the Police?..
    Oh right…
    Perverting The Course of Justice –

    Equality Act 2010
    Especially sections 26. Harassment. and 27. Victimisation.

    Fraud Act 2006 –

    Conspiracy to Defraud –

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles

    UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

  4. Justin permalink
    January 30, 2018 12:18 am

    dwp takes on more staff to handle there own errors and then misuse more public money to try and hide there own errors, while also not really understanding that it is there own errors that is having a strain on the nhs and it budget rather than just a bout of flu or is that to obvious, I also did not write first do no harm and I have read it and even though the dwp state that those people don’t know what there talking about there, well there academic from highly trained colleges, don’t have 2:1 in social social history, have not failed the maths and probably don’t speak six languages, what I do know is that they could do a dance like better job with this country than the current trained bunch of chimps within this current government, with apologies to chimps there clever and if there is any truth in Darwin’s theory of evolution, well somewhere along the lines there must be a bad gene.

    • January 30, 2018 10:55 pm

      Well said 🙂

      >”there must be a bad gene.”
      Well, psychopaths aren’t really ‘human’.
      .. the sickos do it because the get themselves off on it, however much it costs (after all, it’s not their money).


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