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The legacy of Iain Duncan Smith must be remembered for years to come

Some people will say George Osborne is to blame for the Tory treatment of disabled and sick people during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, and to an extent they’re correct.

However as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions also from 2010 to 2016, Iain Duncan Smith was in charge of the evil schemes created which have been a catastrophe for disabled and sick people.

The Work Capability Assessment was devised by Labour, but it is Duncan Smith who ignored warnings from coroners and rolled it out completely.

 It was therefore no surprise to many what happened next. The DWP deaths rolled in and continue to this day.

Duncan Smith continually denied any correlation between Tory policies and these deaths. As of 2016 three coroners had come out and stated DWP and benefit assessments played a role in the death of their clients.

Is it better for the taxpayer? No – it’s costing more to administer than the benefits it’s replacing.

Is it better For the claimant? The majority of what we’ve read says it’s worse. Only a small amount say it’s better. The complaints continue to roll in.

One case which sticks out is Brian McArdle. He had various health conditions, was paralysed down one side, blind in one eye, he couldn’t speak. He died within hours of being found fit to work leaving behind a thirteen year old son. Iain Duncan Smith sent that boy a letter suggesting he checks his father’s appeal. What good is that? His Dad is dead. Here’s what IDS had to say about it as we nail each lie he spouted.

Again from 2010 we had people being sanctioned for the most ridiculous reasons. Many people appealed and won – and the Tories didn’t like it – so they introduced legislation to delay any appeal with a mandatory reconsideration.  This allowed DWP to sit on cases for an unlimited amount of time – with no payment to the claimant as they waited.  This forced claimants to live on bin contents, steal and beg for food or apply for what was then Jobseekers Allowance. Of course it had the desired effect for the Tories. George Osborne was not responsible for bringing in mandatory reconsideration – that ultimately fell to Iain Duncan Smith.

Tory DWP also brought in emergency legislation to keep money which his department was found to have illegally sanctioned from claimants. Watch Parliament debate it here.

As for Iain Duncan Smith’s true reason for resigning from his department – we may never know. The man is a master of lies and deception. Unless he’s received some kind of knock on the head it is almost certainly not because of Tories mistreating claimants – which he defended since 2010.

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Inspired from a comment on our Facebook page.

DWP referred to ASA over fake news adverts

Anti-poverty charity Z2K have referred the DWP to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over its series of fake news adverts published in the Metro.

They say: The DWP are advertising what they call ‘Universal Credit uncovered’, a series of adverts ‘busting myths’ on Universal Credit.  We consider that the aforementioned DWP adverts are deliberately misleading and propagandist.

One advert says it’s a “myth” that “you have to wait 5 weeks to get any money on Universal Credit”, followed by “fact: Jobcentres can “urgently pay you an advance.”   We refer in particular, to your rule 3.4.5 which relates to arrangements for payment being different from what the consumer could reasonably expect.

It has not been made clear that an advance must be paid back, the advert omits that these advances are taken out of future benefits and have to be paid back over several months, leaving people in subsequent months, with less money than they are entitled to, and less money than they will have actually budgeted for.

Read more here

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DWP ordered to apologise after it breached rules resulting in disabled mum killing herself

A woman whose disabled daughter killed herself after her benefit payments were stopped has called for officials to be prosecuted over their failings.

Jodey Whiting, 42, of Stockton, Teesside, took her life in 2017 when her payments were halted because she missed a capability assessment.

An independent inquiry has found the Department for Work (DWP) breached its own rules and it has been ordered to apologise and pay £10,000 compensation.

The DWP said it accepted the findings.

Ms Whiting, a mother of nine, suffered multiple physical and mental health issues including curvature of the spine and a brain cyst, and took 23 tablets each day.

She was suffering from pneumonia when she missed her assessment but was then ruled fit to work and had her Employment and Support Allowance halted.

‘Pushed’ to her death

Her mother, Joy Dove, of Norton, said she was “shocked” by the extent of the failings outlined in a letter from the Independent Case Examiner.

She said: “It was awful. There was no need. They pushed her to it.

“How can you cut someone’s money off without seeing them?”

A petition calling for an Independent Inquiry into DWP deaths has been launched.

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81,000 people died in just three years in part due to Tory cuts, fake assessments and sanctions

“A staggering 81,140 people died as a result of benefit cuts and sanctions according to official government documents.

Some 50,580 on ESA had died and the rest is made up of various other benefits people were claiming before they died.”

Among them were people like this…

DWP DEATHS NICK BARKER

DWP DEATHS CECILIA BURNS

DWP DEATHS CHRIS CANN

DWP DEATHS LEANNE CHAMBERS

DWP DEATHS DAVID CLAPSON

DWP DEATHS EDWARD JACQUES

DWP DEATHS BRIAN MCARDLE

DWP DEATHS MARK WOOD

DWP DEATHS LINDA WOOTTON

Read the shocking figures from the Tory Government website or from our backup below when they try to hide them again.

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Disability claimants owed £340m after DWP blunder

A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions’ “culture of indifference” after it took six years to correct a major error which left chronically-ill and disabled benefit claimants thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Even after it became formally aware of its error in 2014, the department failed to act, initially attempting to pass the mistake off as being the fault of claimants.

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Tories spend £100million trying to stop disabled getting help they’re entitled to

DWP spent £108.1 million of taxpayers’ money on appeals against disability benefits in just two years, new figures reveal.

Neil Heslop, chief executive of disability charity Leonard Cheshire, said: “To spend this amount on admin fighting to uphold flawed decisions that shouldn’t have been made in the first place is staggering.

Tory peer Baroness Altmann, a former DWP minister, said the money could be spent on benefits for those who need them, rather than on the costs of fighting claims.

The DWP tried to defend its ludicrous spending by saying a small portion of these decisions were overturned. They are clearly living in fantasy land and do not understand the law. The vast majority of their cases are being thrown out in favour of disabled people.

To make matters even worse it has emerged the DWP kept these figures from the Work and Pensions select Committee.

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Tories spend £100million trying to stop disabled getting help they're entitled to

DWP wasted over £12 million of your money in 2017 on advertising

Last month we uncovered the shocking truth of DWP’s misuse of your money – they spent £1,436,272.08 advertising themselves on Facebook.

That was just the tip of the iceberg.  When it came to advertising themselves outside of Facebook in 2017 they were quite willing to squander much more of your money as you can see below…

DWP advertising in 2017 excluding Facebook

Sub total £10,768,963.77

Now let’s remind ourselves what they spent on Facebook..

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DWP spent £12,205,235.85 taxpayers’ money advertising themselves during 2017.  Forget about the NHS.  This is how the Tories prefer to spend your money.

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DWP wasted £1+ million public money advertising on Facebook in 2017

You could say (what’s left of) public sector services are in dire need of extra funds.  People are dying waiting for ambulances.  People are dying on trolleys in hospital corridors.   Meanwhile over in the DWP they are spending taxpayers money on useless things such as advertising themselves.  It beggars belief.

Our Freedom of Information request revealed in 2017 the Department of Work and Pensions spent an eye watering £1,436,272.08* advertising themselves in Facebook.

We’re not against advertising on Facebook or anywhere else per se. If public demand for information on DWP services overshadowed the need to save life we would not take issue.  This is money which could have been spent saving lives.  Meanwhile anyone wondering if the DWP can help with something they would google it or contact the DWP.  It’s not rocket science.  What do you think about this?

DWP figures

*On 6th February 2018 DWP informed us of an error in their figures for campaign  “Encouraging people to use the Pension Wise guidance service”. The revised total Facebook spend for this was actually £359,000.33 not £332,653.25 as originally quoted.  We have made the necessary adjustments above.

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Tories wasted over £1 million taxpayers money advertising DWP in 2017

 

Disabled woman’s benefits stopped after missing interview DWP had cancelled

A disabled lady was on her way to a fit to work assessment when she received a voicemail saying it would have to be rescheduled.  A few days later the DWP demanded to know why she didn’t attend.  She informed them the appointment was cancelled by the assessor.  DWP then cancelled her benefits because she had missed the appointment ‘without good reason’.

Incredibly at the first tier tribunal the judge took the side of the DWP.  At the second tier tribunal however it took the judge just five minutes to rule in her favour.

Read more about the case here   backup to article here

Freedom of Information request reveals DWP’s internal target of 80% to uphold mandatory reconsiderations in their own favour.

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woman sanctioned for missing appointment that DWP cancelled

Stroke victim told to take fit-to-work test while still in hospital

MP Iain Wright is demanding an investigation after a stroke victim claimed she was told she must undergo a fit-to-work test – while in a hospital stroke unit!

No shame – Maximus admits carrying out ‘under a dozen’ fit-to-work tests in hospitals each year for the DWP.

Take a look at just some of DWP’s victims.

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Stroke victim ‘told to take back-to-work test while still in hospital