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Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes 15 Apr 2018 08:55 #7029

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Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes
Official figures show that cuts have caused a massive drop in claimants granted help for welfare battles

Toby Helm Observer Political Editor
Sat 14 Apr 2018 11.29 BST

The extent to which savage government cuts have deprived disabled people of legal aid in disputes over their benefit payments is revealed today by new official figures that show a 99% decline since 2011.

The total number of disabled people granted legal aid in welfare cases has plummeted from 29,801 in 2011-12 to just 308 in 2016-17, cutting some of the most vulnerable people in society adrift without expert advice in often highly complex and distressing cases.

MPs and charities representing disabled people reacted furiously to the figures, released in a parliamentary answer, saying they bore out their worst fears at the time ministers announced the cuts several years ago.

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www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/14/disabled-people-lose-legal-aid-99-per-cent-benefits-disputes
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Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes 15 Apr 2018 09:14 #7031

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I truly worry about the way claimants with disabilities and chronic health problems are being made to feel anxious about the future, me included, regarding continual failings in this corrupt system of tick box mentality. If someone produces clear medical evidence that they cannot work, or cannot manage working in the sense of the word, they should be assessed by the evidence provided and not overruled by some LiMa computer operator who will say you are fit for work because you can get up from a chair or squeeze their hand.

Nothing is going to happen unless REAL changes are made and the smokescreens are lifted.
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