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  • Massive Rise In Disability Assessment Complaints

    Massive Rise In Disability Assessment Complaints

    There has been an increase by more than 6,000% in complaints over assessments for disability benefits, shock new Government figures reveal, with a woman from Sheffield among those who have been forced to take action after cuts. Jennifer Jones had her benefits downgraded despite having ME, fibromyalgia and bipolar disorder.A week before a tribunal was to take place Jennifer was contacted by a DWP case manager who offered to restore her payment to their original levels.

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  • Petition Against Merger Of Disability Assessments

    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

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  • PIP Re-Assessments for Over 65s to Cease

    PIP Re-Assessments for Over 65s to Cease

    From this Spring over 65s who receive Personal Independence Payments will no longer have to undergo reviews to continue receiving the benefit. The change, which was announced by Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary in a recent welfare benefit reform speech, is set to affect 270,000 people.

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  • Participants wanted for research into the psychological impact of PIP

    Participants wanted for research into the psychological impact of PIP

    Luminous, a disabled student studying for a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University is looking for disabled people who receive a Personal Independence Payment to take part in her research survey.

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

    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’.

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  • DWP Easy Read Report about ESA and PIP Assessments

    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.

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  • PIP Assessments To Be Recorded

    PIP Assessments To Be Recorded

    Following a report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, the government intends to make recording the PIP assessment a standard part of the process and is exploring potential options to test the recording of assessments, including video recording.

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  • Inquiry Reports Failings in Disability Benefits Assessments

    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.

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  • Disability Rights UK calls for reform of "disgraceful PIP mobility rules"

    Disability Rights UK calls for reform of

    Figures show that more than 50,000 disabled people have had their Motability vehicles taken away since PIP was introduced, with devastating consequences to their independence.

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  • PIP Reform for 'really disabled' Comment Sparks Protest

    PIP Reform for 'really disabled' Comment Sparks Protest

    Opposition MPs and disability charities have expressed dismay after the head of Theresa May’s No. 10 policy unit made “crude distinctions between those with physical impairments and mental health issues” when speaking about reforming Personal Independence Payments.

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