Tag Archives: DWP

Fitness for work – the real life questions the system never asks

So I filled in an ESA50 last week and was reminded afresh what a terrible form it is. Yes, we all know it’s terrible, a terrible form for a terrible benefit in a terrible system. It’s not designed to be … Continue reading

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No desk to call my own: who exactly has “poverty of aspiration” round here?

Another day, another story about the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) “workfare” schemes, where people are made to work at any old job for their state benefits, rather than being paid a wage. We already knew that forcing people … Continue reading

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Dear MP: how to say “no” to a mental health campaign nicely

N.B. The first email in this exchange is automatically generated by the Rethink Mental Illness “MP Capability Assessment” campaign after entering my postcode From: XXXXXX@gmail.com 
Sent: 15 August 2013 14:57 
To: XXX 
Subject: Your MP Capability Assessment interview Dear Mr XXX, Your … Continue reading

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It’s official – the WCA is unfair

Today, three judges at a tribunal equivalent to the High Court ruled that certain aspects of the process of applying for ESA (Employment and Support Allowance), including attendance at the WCA (Work Capability Assessment), were unfair to people with serious … Continue reading

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I appealed – and I won!

Apparently, I did it! I challenged Atos’ decision that I merited nil points at Work Capability Assessment and I won. The information provided has apparently taken me from the zero points awarded by the Health Care Professional (HCP) and the decision … Continue reading

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One degree of separation – there is no “them” and “us”

103,545 people on Facebook like “I hate benefit scrounging work shy bastards.” What separates them from benefit claimants? One event beyond their control. One departmental downsizing One ruptured blood vessel One car accident that you couldn’t prevent One expected baby … Continue reading

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Intimate details: claiming Disability Living Allowance

In my professional life, I have filled in countless benefit claim forms for clients. I have helped people obtain Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, simply by arguing their case on paper or over … Continue reading

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