torys at their best taking away your right to just another part it seems in their plans just like that summer of 41 they passed this figure but say that they didnt now is just plain lies by them they now how mant deaths how many they sent to it just like all corrupt governments dont want you to know the truth of it but aktion t4 still rolling along without much of a ado more deaths more denial of benefits by those who should now better greedie people in power who culling the stock through it jeff3
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Oct 31, 2016 20:15:46 GMT
Tory claims on sick notes for long-term disabled people blasted as 'insult'
Labour accused the Tories of overseeing a “callous social security regime” as the Government prepared to unveil its latest welfare shake-up
By Ben Glaze 31st October 2016
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green is revealing new welfare proposals
Labour accused the Tories of overseeing a “callous social security regime” today as the Government prepared to unveil its latest welfare shake-up.
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green announced an overhaul of the sick-note system which could see long term-disabled people hurried back into employment.
The revamp will see Statutory Sick Pay and GP notes “reviewed to support workers back into their jobs faster, and for longer”, his department said.
There will also be a new consultation on how controversial fitness-to-work tests are carried out.
Work capability assessments decide whether people can receive Employment and Support Allowance and whether Universal Credit claimants are able to work.
Plans due to be published by the Government later today include a voluntary work experience placements for young people “with limited capability for work”.
Supporters believe the move, included in the Government’s Green Paper proposals, will help them gain confidence and skills in real offices and factories.
But critics are likely to claim it gives bosses free labour.
Stressing he was not preparing more welfare cuts, Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said: “When things need improving, like the work capability assessment and fit notes, we mustn’t shy away from big decisions.
“We must be bold in our ambition to help disabled people and those with health conditions.
“This Green Paper marks start of our action to confront the attitudes, prejudices and misunderstandings that, after many years, have become ingrained within the welfare state, within the minds of employers and across wider society.”
But Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “The Government has failed to tackle the disability employment gap, which has increased under their watch.
“Theresa May has waited too long to take responsibility for their disastrous social security reforms.
“For Damian Green to claim that this Tory Government is confronting the negative ‘attitudes and prejudices’ that it has spent six years encouraging is ridiculous."
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Mar 12, 2017 20:19:59 GMT
DWP Mandatory Reconsideration
A damning indictment of government policy
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.
The latest DWP figures show that between April and June 2016, 219,100 claimants were assessed for Employment and Support Allowance, the majority (110,600) qualified in to the Support Group with a much lower number (35,600) qualifying in to the Work Related Activity Group. For both of these groups there will be some ‘double counting’ because these figures includes those who have been repeatedly assessed. The same can’t be said of those found it for work because those who are found fit for work at repeat assessment would have previously qualified. In the ‘fit for work’ group there are 72,700 claimants for the entire quarter. The fit for work group is the one which leads most people to ask for an ‘MR’ or an appeal. It is true that some of those placed in the Work Related Activity Group will also have appealed to get moved in to the Support Group but the number of appeals will be much lower than those appealing against fit for work findings.
If we take the 72,700 ‘fit for work’ figure to be a reasonable starting point when gauging the propensity of those who end up disputing a decision, the 42,700 ESA mandatory reconsideration decisions take on a much greater relevance. These are both aligned to the same date range.
The DWP, in this data series, has produced a separate ‘experimental’ set of statistics (table 17) which cover new claims and repeat claims (excluding incapacity benefit reassessments), the DWP stress that these do not mirror the figures in the rest of the range but they are none the less of interest.
The experimental range of figures produced the DWP show that from April – June 2016 there were 10,930 mandatory reconsideration cleared decisions, of which 9,670 were not revised. These confirm a fit for work finding in 95% of cases with 5% confirming a Work Related Activity Group placement.
The experimental series at table 17 showing 10,930 cleared mandatory reconsiderations is well below the 42,700 cleared mandatory reconsiderations for exactly the same period shown at table 14. The DWP explain this as follows:
“4. Numbers and outcomes of MRs from the 'experimental' cohort dataset will not match with numbers and outcomes of MRs in other tables because only those MRs after the WCA have been counted and duplicates removed.”
This highlights a long running concern of mine over the point at which a WCA outcome is recorded in the main data series. It also indicates a degree of duplication occurring in the main data series.
Returning to the recorded 42,700 cleared ESA mandatory reconsiderations related to assessment outcomes for exactly the same period shown at table 14, what is obvious is that the majority of decision simply remain unchanged with 38,000 remaining ‘not revised’. In other words of those 42,700 decisions 89% remain unchanged.
Over the same period data from HMCTS Tribunals shows us that 18,795 ESA appeals were received. 14,878 were cleared at a hearing (91%) and 1,522 (9%) were cleared without a hearing. Of 16,383 ESA appeals cleared 11,212 (68%) were found in favour of the claimant with 5,120 (31%) being upheld in favour of the DWP.
Putting it simply
On an ESA mandatory reconsideration around one in ten people will have the decision overturned in their favour, whereas at an appeal pretty close to seven in every ten people will win their case for Employment & Support Allowance in a Tribunal.
Now if that isn’t denial of access to justice I don’t know what is.
In fact, this is nothing short of an absolute national scandal, one which will be no different in Personal Independence Payment cases.
Appeal, appeal, appeal!!
Picture The original picture in the heading is from the Daily Mirror and relates to the story of the tragic death of James Harrison who was found fit for work by the DWP. From the article interviewing Mr Harrison's daughter, it would appear Mr Harrison had not appealed.