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A DWP minister just dropped some shocking figures then ran off for the weekend ! 23 Jul 2018 12:22 #9467

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A DWP minister just dropped some shocking figures then ran off for the weekend

JULY 21ST, 2018 Steve Topple


A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister chose to release some staggering figures during the afternoon of Friday 20 July; essentially dropping them and running off for the weekend.

The DWP: sneaking things out on a Friday

Minister of state at the DWP Sarah Newton was responding to a written question. It came from Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people Marsha de Cordova.

On 9 July, Cordova asked:

how many people with epilepsy who were in receipt of Disability Living Allowance [DLA] did not receive an award as a result of a reassessment for personal independence payments [PIP]…

Newton’s response on Friday 20 July was shocking. She said:

Since the introduction of… (PIP) a total of 6,330 decisions on claims with an epilepsy condition listed as the main health condition have been made as part of migration from… (DLA) to PIP. Of these, 3,380 did not receive any benefit award at the initial assessment and 1,120 of these people subsequently appealed their decision. Of those who appealed their decision 870 cases were settled in favour of the claimant.

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www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/07/21/a-dwp-minister-just-dropped-some-shocking-figures-then-ran-off-for-the-weekend/
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A DWP minister just dropped some shocking figures then ran off for the weekend ! 23 Jul 2018 13:11 #9468

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Interesting. I know a man same age as me who was having his PIP assessment last week and he has epilepsy, although his IS controlled by medication. I haven`t bumped into him yet to ask him how things went, but he wasn`t spared a face to face assessment and he`s done everything in his power to get evidence like (had a walk in shower fitted in his house, had social services involved and got his PIP assessment form filled in for him by a local councillor). But whether all this will prevent his DLA from ending I have no idea. He keeps telling me that he`s had a fit in the house, yet he wanders about the town every day on his own. Not what he will be telling the assessors though. Someone with epilepsy who travels along or requires someone to escort them will be high on the list for an award. This guy doesn`t. He`s been on long bus journeys to Blackpool every year and various other locations alone.

I think most of the time when you have a diagnosed condition like epilepsy, it doesn`t always mean you cannot be in the same position as an ESA WRAG awarded to someone like myself who CAN`T work because of chronic pain, yet I wouldn`t stand a chance claiming PIP because the points system is all geared towards different criteria than ESA, yet both can be claimed together. The whole system is a joke.
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