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DWP Claims It Costs Too Much To Confirm Benefit Death Figures

April 4, 2019

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm how many Universal Credit (UC), attendance allowance, and employment support allowance claimants have died within six months of seeing applications rejected.

Labour’s Madeleine Moon asked in a written Commons question to get the figure.

She was told by DWP minister Justin Tomlinson the information requested could only be provided “at disproportionate cost”.

Though DWP holds data across a number of data sets, Tomlinson said this would require analysis and quality assurance and would be a “substantial piece of work to bring together”.

The same answer was given to Moon’s follow-up question, asking how many claimants of attendance allowance, employment support allowance, and UC have died after registering those claims – but prior to DWP making a decision on those claims – and how many of those claimants applied for those social security benefits under either normal or special rules.

Again, said Tomlinson, this could only be answered at “disproportionate cost”.

Moon had a third go asking how many employment support allowance claimants who have had their application rejected under normal rules have subsequently reapplied for that social security benefit under the special rules for terminal illness process; and what medical conditions those claimants had.

This information was “not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost”.

Tomlinson was more forthcoming in answering Moon on how many UC claimants who have had their application rejected under normal rules have subsequently reapplied for that social security benefit under the special rules for terminal illness process; and what medical conditions those claimants had.

On this, he said, the DWP is “currently looking into what analytical information it can publish”.

Special Attendance Allowance rules applying to the terminally ill were first introduced in 1990 following a recommendation from the Social Security Advisory Committee.

The rules are common to a range of benefits and are also used elsewhere – for example, the Early Access to Financial Assistance Scheme, administered by the Pension Protection Fund.

Tomlinson said the design of UC for terminally ill claimants is based on this “well-tested” process.

This, he said, is not a separate entitlement but part of the UC process, and, as such, the information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at – disproportionate cost.

Moon pressed on to ask how many attendance allowance claimants who have had their application rejected under normal rules have subsequently reapplied for that social security benefit under the special rules for terminal illness process; and what medical conditions those claimants had.

Tomlinson said this information not available.

“When a decision is made not to award Attendance Allowance, the claim is closed. Any further application would be treated as a new claim and will be considered on the merits of the information provided,” he said.

Moon got over the line asking how many personal independence payments claimants died within six months of their claim being disallowed at initial decision under normal rules.

Tomlinson said there was is no evidence in available data to suggest someone’s reason for claiming PIP was the cause of their death.

“It would be misleading to suggest otherwise. People claim PIP for various reasons, the majority of which are non-life threatening,” he said.

Over 3.8 million applications to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) were made between April and July last year.

Of these, 10,380 PIP claimants died within six months of their claim being disallowed at initial decision under normal rules.

Finally, Moon asked what the average length of time was between a claimant receiving an award under special rules for terminal illness and initially registering that claim under normal rules.

Tomlinson said the median time between registration and clearance for PIP claims,  initially registered under Normal Rules but awarded under Special Rules for Terminal Illness, is 34 working days.

That stood for all claims cleared between April 2013 to the end of January 2019.

The clearance time from the point a claim changes from Normal Rules to Special Rules for Terminal Illness to clearance under Special Rules for Terminal Illness is three working days.

But it wasn’t just Moon.

Labour’s Martin Whitfield asked how many times a request for a Statement of Reasons pertaining to the allocation of universal credit (limited capability to work) has not been delivered within the statutory time limit of 14 days in each of the last three years for which data is available.

“The information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost,” said Tomlinson.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2019 2:12 am

    So why won’t BSing rat Labour’s Madeleine Moon MP get it’s local POLICE to ‘ask’ the DWP???


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

    Criminal Attempts Act 1981 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/47/contents

    ABH/GBH
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/offences_against_the_person/

    Criminal Justice Act 1988 – Torture
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/33/part/XI/crossheading/torture

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

    Ahh –

    Madeleine Moon –
    Labour MP for Bridgend
    https://www.madeleinemoonmp.com/about/

    “I take a keen interest in Policing and regularly join the South Wales police on operations and meet with senior officers.”

    Here’s how that do-nothing BSing criminal rats bent cops protect DWP Abusers, Fraudsters, Torturers and Murders –

    Is it in Prison yet?

    Criminal MPs and their Bent Cops do nothing… maybe the Army can help?

  2. Jeffrey Davies permalink
    April 4, 2019 6:17 am

    How many dead by this government hands quarter of a million or more but under the guise of aktion t4 they culled the stock by benefits denial. Yet on it rolls

    • April 4, 2019 11:12 am

      True Jeff
      And all that those political rats do is try to score worthless political points off eachother whilst trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator (morons).

      Line up all of those murdering hate criminals.

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