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DWP ‘dirty tricks’ target welfare and disability rights campaigners 04 Dec 2018 06:40 #11747

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Are the DWP using crude and underhand tactics to silence their critics and opponents?

I’m not normally a great believer in conspiracy theories generally, but we have exposed them (the Department for Work and Pensions) many times before for playing dirty tricks to deny claimants their rightful entitlements.

And we are witnessing a Government department, devoid of any compassion and understanding, who have seemingly gone rogue with more than a few questionable (sometimes unlawful) methods and practices.

So instructions must have come from the top and filtered through to managers to instruct staff on procedures. Or is it that the staff think they are administering social security payments as if it was coming out their own pockets, filled with prejudices instilled in them by the wild claims that people are fiddling the system and must be stopped at all costs? Especially given the recent damning report by UN Rapporteur Phillip Alston?

I have heard numerous stories over the last few months, where people are being denied their claims only to win on appeal.

This leaves them at risk of debt, homelessness, and isolation. Tales of the disastrous Universal Credit project leave many unable to pay their way and forced to turn to food banks in their droves.

Worse still, some claim that their children have been taken into care because they are deemed unable to meet the child’s basic needs, often due to benefit sanctions or income removal – some have even taken their own lives.

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DWP ‘dirty tricks’ target welfare and disability rights campaigners 24 Dec 2018 16:42 #12353

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TheFinnster wrote:
Are the DWP using crude and underhand tactics to silence their critics and opponents?

I’m not normally a great believer in conspiracy theories generally, but we have exposed them (the Department for Work and Pensions) many times before for playing dirty tricks to deny claimants their rightful entitlements.

And we are witnessing a Government department, devoid of any compassion and understanding, who have seemingly gone rogue with more than a few questionable (sometimes unlawful) methods and practices.

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If not dirty tricks, what is it! I suspect many claimants will have been wrongly sanctioned because of this failing on the part of the DWP. Hiding guidance favourable to claimants makes it less unappealing to state functionaries to administer misery.

This UC decision dated December 2018 concerns something that happened in 2012 – a claimant got sanctioned for not not attending a work placement with Remploy in Sheffield:

www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC/2018/424.html

The letter the claimant received didn't specify a job title or job specification. The UC judge asked the SoS whether this breached the necessary requirements. The SoS asked for the case to be withdrawn and submitted that the claimant had good cause for not attending. The relevant guidance was not even made available to decision makers or the First-tier Tribunal. The judge observed:

"10 If I may say so, I find it astonishing that such plainly relevant guidance was not made available to the First-tier Tribunal which decided the appeal on 20 February 2013. Just as worryingly, the guidance has only been disclosed at the very tail end of these Upper Tribunal proceedings and after several submissions from the Secretary of State....However, how can justice be done if even the decision maker does not know his or her own guidance, let alone the tribunals on appeal?"

Another interesting part of the decision concerns having 'good cause' for not doing something.

"12. ...it appears undisputed that the claimant did not supply any reasons for his failure to participate in the particular mandatory work activity within the statutory five working days. One answer may be that had the Secretary of State made available the above guidance to the public, as she ought to have done, then that guidance in and of itself would have shown ‘good cause’ well within the five days, indeed even before those five days had begun to run, regardless of what steps the claimant did or did not take within the five days."
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DWP ‘dirty tricks’ target welfare and disability rights campaigners 24 Dec 2018 17:46 #12356

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I think after so many years (especially if on ESA and having to attend face to face assessments that usually end in failure) that there are hidden agendas with this Tory government, yet while Universal Credit rolls in and the media is awash with hard luck stories of hunger, homelessness, failed policies and sanctions being churned out like court summonses, it seems that this mission to crush us all has materialised into the beast we knew it would be, yet there seems to be no power to stop it from happening. Will Brexit save the day? Will we all end up slaves staring at a computer screen five hours a day because we don`t `contribute` to society?

I believe this is where we are and how the future will be unless something BIG happens. And unless it does, it will be a long messy road to retirement.....if we ever get that far.
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