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  • Tell MPs your Experiences of Applying for PIP and ESA

    Tell MPs your Experiences of Applying for PIP and ESA

    Amid continuing concerns about the problems being experienced by disabled people making claims, the Work and Pensions Committee has launched a survey to hear about first-hand experiences of claiming PIP or ESA.It is open to everyone who has had an assessment to claim PIP or who has had a Work Capability Assessment, either to claim ESA or as part of a Universal Credit claim.The survey is open until mid February 2022

  • Has Your GP Refused To Help With Benefits Claims?

    Has Your GP Refused To Help With Benefits Claims?

    Campaigning organisation Disabled People Against Cuts is launching an investigation into why some doctors are refusing to help their patients by writing letters to support their disability benefits claims. If your doctor has refused to write a letter stating that you need a home visit for a benefit assessment or has refused to issue you with a Fit Note, DPAC would like to hear from you.

  • Petition Against Merger Of Disability Assessments

    A disability rights campaigner has launched a petition in a bid to stop the Government merging assessments for Personal Independence Payments and Employment And Support Allowance.
    The planned changes – due to start in 2021 – were announced recently in a speech by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, but London-based activist and blogger Lisa Egan is urging people to fight this. The petition closes on Sept 19

  • DWP to pay out £970 million in ESA underpayments

    The DWP has begun the process of reviewing Employment Support Allowance cases to identify those that could be affected and pay arrears. Disability Rights UK Deputy CEO Sue Bott said, “the DWP has spent five years trying to hide behind constructing a legal argument as to why they shouldn’t pay up despite the hardship they have caused to tens of thousands of disabled people. We urge the DWP to urgently ensure all underpayments are rectified as soon as possible. Enough is enough.”

  • Government U-turn on Disability Benefit Arrears

    The Department for Work and Pensions announced on Wednesday that arrears for sick and disabled people who lost out when their benefits were transferred to Employment and Support Allowance would be backdated to the date they moved to ESA and not limited to the date of the legal tribunal ruling .

  • House of Lords Debate : Challenges facing disabled people in 2018

    Disability Rights UK prepared two briefings for the House of Lords debate on 28 June about the ‘challenges facing disabled people in the United Kingdom in 2018’.

  • DWP Easy Read Report about ESA and PIP Assessments

    The Department for Work and Pensions has published an Easy Read version of the government’s reply to the House of Commons Committee of MPs who have been looking into how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are assessed. Documents written in an Easy Read format are written in a way that makes them more accessible to people with learning disabilities.

  • Inquiry Reports Failings in Disability Benefits Assessments

    The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into disability assessments by private contractors find they are “riddled with errors,” which has lead to a pervasive lack of trust in the benefits system.

  • Disability Rights UK raises Concerns with Minister over "hidden" Cuts

    DRUK has written to Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, asking for her response regarding three significant ‘hidden’ welfare benefit cuts.

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