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DWP Mandatory Reconsideration 21 May 2017 12:41 #2676

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DWP Mandatory Reconsideration
A damning indictment of
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The DWP’s latest ‘Work Capability Assessment’ and ‘Mandatory Reconsideration’ statistics highlight a serious and grave injustice.

By knitting all the figures together and matching them to the latest figures for Employment & Support Allowance, it becomes all too clear that the DWP’s motive in introducing the compulsory ‘mandatory reconsideration’ (MR) before appeal stage in to the disputes process from October 2013 was to deliberately obstruct claimants from taking their cases directly to an independent tribunal where their chances of success are up to 68% according to latest quarterly figures from Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service. I reported on the Tribunal figures separately and you can read them here, it’s very encouraging that a greater number of claimants are finding the courage to take on the State.

With up to 7 seven people in every 10 winning their cases, it makes complete sense to ride out the ridiculous mandatory obstacle course and insist on having your case heard by a tribunal rather than decided by a faceless decision maker from a dark place somewhere within a back office of the DWP.

It’s all too clear that the government’s modus operandi in introducing ‘MR’ was as wilful as putting in place hideous fees in employment cases to stop workers taking their bosses to the cleaners over unfair working practices. Charging benefit claimants a fee would be too controversial, so instead the Tories have rigged MR to stand in the way by discouraging claimants from taking their cases to Tribunals, it's precisely for the same reason they withdrew legal aid for welfare benefit cases in 2013. It's blatant denial of access to justice, I cannot see no other way of describing it.

By carefully selecting the April to June quarter in 2016, I’ve been able to align all the relevant statistics for new claimants, those who have been repeatedly assessed, and those who have had their claim converted from older incapacity benefits. I’ve matched these up with the mandatory reconsiderations and formal appeals at Tribunals so we can see how the sets of statistics compare; it’s a clear indicator that sick and disabled claimants are effectively being denied access to justice by imposing a procedure which far too many are simply unable, through illness, to negotiate.

More Here;
ilegal.org.uk/thread/7140/dwps-esa-reassessment-programme-chaos?page=20&scrollTo=23375

And More Here;
mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/plp-letter-to-work-and-pensions-sos-about-dwps-80-target-to-deny-benefitsanctions-appeals-mandatory-reconsiderations/
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DWP Mandatory Reconsideration 21 May 2017 13:00 #2677

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And we all know that the Mandatory Reconsideration debacle is merely a DWP delaying tactic to keep people in limbo, with no money coming in until they hear back from a decision maker, who by the way are not medically trained and usually still side with the HCP (health care professional) in most cases anyway which usually comes from a rushed and partial initiation ceremony they like to call an assessment of someone`s ability to hold down a job.

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ALWAYS appeal, no matter whether you think you will win or not. because the truth is, if your STILL unwell after six months and your condition has worsened or you have a `new` illness, you can re-claim ESA again as a new claimant, but why do that when you know your in a position to win anyway with the right support and evidence?
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DWP Mandatory Reconsideration 21 May 2017 16:44 #2685

Aye I'm still waiting to hear my MR result from a reconsideration request made on or around the 7th of last month
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DWP Mandatory Reconsideration 21 May 2017 17:10 #2686

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It`s absolutely ridiculous that they just stop someone`s payment because they have made a decision based on some technical test and the assumptions of a so called medical professional that knows nothing about us. I know if I`m no further forward where my pain management is concerned and I`m found fit for work again, I won`t be claiming JSA or UC as fast as I did the last time. I`m sticking to my guns and will do everything I can to fight them every time. Sometimes it`s easier to give in and just accept what they want/say, but at the end of the day, if we are not well enough to carry out the daily job seeking routine and be prepared to run and jump when they say so, then we can`t kid ourselves that we can.

Fingers crossed for you unwashed. No news is usually good news. I heard back from them in around two weeks with a failed MR, so MR`s that go on longer can usually be successful. But as I suspect, they are probably just a delaying tactic that proves nothing.
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