Massive survey majority believes ‘inhuman’ DWP causes and then covers-up claimant deaths


Please note: there are repeated references to suicide in the final section of this article, headed: “Is there anything else you would like to tell us about issues covered in this survey?

A Benefits and Work survey has revealed an overwhelming distrust of the DWP, with the majority of respondents considering that the department:

  • has negatively affected their own health
  • treats claimants inhumanly
  • causes claimants’ deaths
  • covers up the poverty, suffering and deaths it causes

Benefits and Sanctions deaths survey
In the last Benefits and Work newsletter we published a link to a ‘Benefits sanctions and deaths’ survey.

Two things prompted us to create the survey:

    the preceding week Conservative business minister Nick Boles told charity volunteers that some benefits sanctions were ‘inhuman’ – then changed his mind.
  • Channel 4’s Dispatches revealed that that more than 30 secret reviews carried out following the deaths of benefit claimants called…

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Current Benefit Sanctions Policy Is Bonkers Says Workfare Industry’s Top Spokesperson

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sanction-sabs3Aspects of Iain Duncan Smith’s brutal benefit sanctioning regime are bonkers  according to an astonishing diatribe from the workfare industry’s top spokesperson Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the  Employment Related Services Association (ERSA).

ERSA are the trade body established to lie on behalf of the welfare-to-work companies like A4e and G4S who hold lucrative contracts to run workfare and forced training schemes.  In a frank statement on their website McHugh says that the use of sanctions is based on sending political messages rather than evidence of what works and that a more humane system is needed.

According to McHugh, current rules which mean welfare-to-work companies have no choice but to refer people for a benefit sanction for not carrying ‘mandated activity’  are ‘bonkers’ and that this causes inappropriate sanctions to be applied.  She also backs the recent call for an urgent review of the sanctions regime made by the Work…

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Just What is The F***ing Point???


I am on the Work program, it is now almost double figures the amount of interviews I have not had help to get to, I’m either told A) too far B) not far enough and on one occasion was told I’m getting too many interviews and it’ll reduce their profit to help me get to them!!! I’m now using all my benefit, I’ve had to travel 3 times over the past 7 days over 2 and a half hours each way for an assessment,a group interview,another assessment an individual interview and a group test, I have no money left now to pay rent,am on emergency electricity @1 day left, Little food, and can’t pay Council Tax, I applied for help from my council as they do crisis loans now, only to be told I don’t fit the criteria as I “CHOSE” to spend my benefit getting to these interviews…

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Anyone worried about protecting the welfare state should concentrate on kicking out the Tories – Debbie Abrahams

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 For the past five years the public have been subjected to propaganda about welfare by the Tories. The “scrounger” scapegoating rhetoric has been shaped entirely by Tory ideology, simply to justify their aim to strip back all of our social support provision, ultimately. Anyone who doubts this should read: Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poorand Briefing on How Cuts Are Targeted. If the Tories gain office for a second term, they will completely dismantle what is left of our welfare provision. The intention is explicit – expressed in policies such as the welfare “reforms” and in the plan to cut a further £12billion from welfare.

It was with therefore with disgust that I watched some of the fringe party supporters take one line out of context from a 45 minute summary of Labour welfare policy…

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Hard Working People (Working Families) what the Hell is that

My first blog in a while due to being in a state of confusion over the election, so with this one I want to try and address and debunk the Governments meaning of the term “Hard Working People and/or Working Families” because both the two main parties love to use it although there meaning is somewhat of a myth.

They appear to use “Hard Working People and/or Working Families” as to mean those who bring in a wage/salary and anyone who does not does not matter or enter there heads as contributing to the economy this is very wrong and a myth.

The Tories go a step further and add the word “Hard” in front as if that will gain those Working Families more respect and better prosperity which in reality is not always the case due to that knock back effect that we all get in our paths of life.

Are the many many unpaid carers not hard working who happen to save the Govt thousands by caring for there loved ones at home and thus making a contribution to the economy? Are Disabled Citizens who who keep the wheels of industry in the need for adapted vehicles and disability aids not hard working and contributing to the economy? Are the Social Security recipients who at a point in there lives who need to draw on what they have paid in not making a contribution to the economy after all most if not all of what they receive is spent and helping the economy and helping to keep people in jobs?

This term “Hard Working People and/or Working Families” means nothing to me as it holds little relevance of how I see people as I happen to believe they are worth more than that as human beings and thus I can see past it and I strongly suggest the Labour Party stop using it as we all in some way have worth and all make some contribution to society and the economy.

This sort of rhetoric can be expected from the tories, but it should not be expected from labour as not only does it go against there founding principals it is also doing them much harm for #GE2015 as there are many waiting in the wings to give them the vote and get a majority Govt which this nation is crying out for but are held back by this Tory bullshit.

So come on Mr Miliband you have to try harder as many are itching to put that X against a Labour Candidate but have not heard enough yet and thus remain unconvinced, but need to know you stand for all no matter of race or disability.

Cameron … supporter of bullies!

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I thought I was seeing things when Cameron appeared on BBC News supporting Jeremy Clarkson, saying how much his children would miss him if he had to leave Top Gear as a result of “the incident”.

Personally, I think Top Gear is a waste of licence payer fees … middle aged men in badly fitting jeans, who despite their high salaries, don’t seem to spend much of it on haircuts or grooming, endorsing petrol guzzling vehicles (Kyoto agreement anyone?)

Anyway,  I just turn over to one of the other channels if there is a cack BBC programme on the TV.

Obviously I was not present when “the incident” took place, but it is reported that Clarkson assaulted a producer because no food was available…

Imagine for a moment, if you will, being in your place of work and a colleague assaults you. The police would be called… your…

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Judicial Review Into DWP’s Disabled Benefits ‘Fiasco’

They really do need suing but due to the cuts in legal aid too many just cannot afford the costs of such an action should they lose we need the legal profession on our side who are not scared of the DWP bullies and willing to front the cost of a few claims as only that will bring it to an end

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Reposted from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors website

Legal Experts Say Vulnerable People ‘Left In Lurch’ By Delays In Vital Payments


Expert lawyers have been given the green light to launch a judicial review into the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) system for providing essential payments to disabled families, on behalf of vulnerable people who have been “left in the lurch” and have faced waits of up to 13 months for vital support.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist public lawyers have been granted permission for the legal challenge in relation to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), after hearing numerous first-hand accounts from those who have faced serious financial hardship after experiencing delays in receiving the funds.

Introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance from April 2013, PIP is designed to help disabled adults to meet extra costs as a result of disability, including basic essentials such as food, heating and transport.

While the DWP…

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