PIP / DLA News

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Being found entirely innocent of fraud will no longer be a defence against the loss of your DLA. Instead, the DWP has chosen to make anonymous hate campaigns against disabled neighbours and work colleagues potentially much more damaging.

The DWP have ruled that from next Monday, if you are investigated because of an allegation that you are fraudulently claiming DLA, you will automatically lose your DLA award and be assessed for PIP instead, regardless of the outcome of the investigation. The change in policy does not appear to be lawful, but that’s not a consideration that seems to trouble the DWP or the government these days.

It means that claimants with indefinite awards of DLA, who may not have been due to be assessed for PIP until 2017, could find themselves forced onto the much harder to claim PIP years early.

This could be especially awful for claimants with mobility awards, given the DWP’s confirmation this week that it is to entirely ignore the results of its hasty PIP consultation and stick with a 20 metre limit for the enhanced rate of the PIP mobility component.

By the DWP’s own estimates, over 400,000 claimants are likely to lose out as a result of the changes to the mobility component and the new disability minister, Mike Penning, has already confirmed that he expects spending on DLA and PIP to begin falling as early as next year.

However, plans to assess all DLA claimants for PIP by 2017 may already be in trouble. The Disability News Service has revealed that crisis meetings have taken place across the country because Atos has a serious shortage of doctors able to carry out disability benefits assessments.

During Prime Minister’s Question Time last week Labour’s Dennis Skinner called on the prime minister to “abolish this cruel heartless monster called Atos“.

from: http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by georgiabailey2013 on November 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

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  2. Posted by zedster66 on November 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I don’t think the benefits agency have ever considered the law. Whoever is in government at the time just like to find a way to work around things. I remember from the early 80’s discovering that they cannot legally reduce your benefits once they’ve been awarded, that’s why they are constantly changing other rules. For example the age at which you can claim benefits for yourself, forcing many youngsters living alone in the late 80’s to go on YTS schemes. The bedroom tax, forget ‘this is the amount the law says you need to live on’ on the benefit award/updates letters, they get around it by killing two birds with one stone, reducing housing benefit and lowering your ‘income’. I doubt any of these people have ever had to deal with debilitating illnesses or live massively below the poverty line. We’re just lazy scroungers watching daytime tv on our huge flat screens.

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  3. This does not require hate campaigns, or unfounded reports with malicious intentions.

    The DWP just has to say, “We have a suspicion”, there is no requirement to back that up with evidence. The case is eventually dropped due to lack of evidence, meanwhile you are forced to be reassessed for PIP even though you have done nothing wrong.

    It’s is forced reassessment via administrative circumstance rather than by democratically scrutinised law.

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  4. Reblogged this on kickingthecat.

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