DWP is responsible for welfare policy in UK and if they are failing to protect their own disabled employees, what hope is there for the rest of us???
I would argue that the Welfare Reform programme is a perfect example of how DWP is failing disable people. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or any other benefit managed under current DWP culture does not meet the needs of disabled claimants. PIP is an entitlement that is supposed to enable and empower those with disabilities or long term health conditions to continue to live independently and safely in the community. The reality is that thousands of disabled people are being denied the very safety net meant to give them a small level of independence. A case in point, highlighted in a recent LinkedIn post by disability advocacy groups, is Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Thousands of claimants who had indefinite or lifetime awards most likely thought they would simply be transferred to PIP without changes being made to their entitlements. Sadly thousands have lost their benefits, their lifeline. This whole exercise of reassessing DLA claimants for PIP seems to be about closing down DLA claims.
Meanwhile, millions of pounds are being wasted paying private contractors to conduct what DWP and these contractors refer to as PIP consultation. I’ve been to a few of these and it is pretty shocking when I see the decisions afterwards. The points awarded do not seem to correspond to DWP’s own descriptors. It seems to me that these assessors do not actually have a brief which permits them to award the points correctly. Rather, they seem to award the lowest points for every activity listed in the PIP application, therefore short changing claimants in the process.
Most claimants who had the guts, and l know a few, to take on DWP through the appeal system do infact win. So what exactly are we achieving as a nation when our taxes can be wasted like this, on private contractors and appeal systems? God help us all.
posted from: sicklecellwelfareforum.com