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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

DWP Starts Search For PIP Claimants Entitled To More, But 1 In 5 DLA to PIP Claimants Get No Award

In this update we have the extraordinary news that the DWP is searching for claimants to whom they can award a higher rate of personal independence payment (PIP). Though we also reveal that they are going to be doing their best to find as few as possible. We also learn that 1 in 5 DLA to PIP claimants gets no award at all. And we hear from the most senior tribunal judge in the country that 6 out of 10 social security appeals are ‘no-brainers’ that the DWP has no hope whatsoever of winning.

DWP Starts Search For PIP Claimants Entitled To More, But 1 In 5 DLA to PIP Claimants Get No Award

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Huge Increase In PIP Complaints, Online Appeals Coming Soon, All DWP Phone Lines To Be Free

In our last newsletter we highlighted the case of a PIP claimant who had used a secret recording of his PIP assessment to win his appeal tribunal.

A number of readers subsequently got in touch via comments and email to describe your own experience of covertly recording medicals and other meetings.

The information being collected by John Pring’s Disability News Service (DNS) reinforces the idea that this might be a sensible precaution.

Because DNS have published figures showing that the number of complaints about PIP assessments has rocketed in the course of a year, from 142 in 2015-16 to 1,391 in 2016-17.

Not only that, but DNS have heard from 250 claimants who say that their assessment reports were not just inaccurate, they were plain dishonest.

Given this level of doubt about the trustworthiness of assessments, and given the difficulties the DWP place in the way of claimants wanting to openly record their medicals, covert recording seems more and more reasonable.

Huge Increase In PIP Complaints, Online Appeals Coming Soon, All DWP Phone Lines To Be Free

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Secret PIP Recording Tribunal Win, When Will Your Area Switch to UC?, Many Mental Health Claimants Not Exempt From Repeat Medicals

In this newsletter we highlight a BBC report on a claimant who secretly recorded his PIP assessment and won back his Motability car as a result. We also have the DWP’s guidance on who will be exempt from repeat work capability assessments (WCAs). We explain why many metal health claimants will miss out. We invite you to join over 500 people who have already posted a comment about their PIP or ESA assessment on the Parliament website. Plus we have the grim confessions of a universal credit (UC) case manager, an update on the roll out of UC and the DWP’s desperate attempts to keep the truth from getting out before today’s debate on the subject.

18 October 2017 Update: Secret PIP Recording Tribunal Win, When Will Your Area Switch to UC?, Many Mental Health Claimants Not Exempt From Repeat Medicals

Saturday, 23 September 2017

An Overlooked Issue in Fibromyalgia? Study Highlights Problems Standing (Orthostatic Intolerance)



The autonomic nervous system rears its head in fibromyalgia – again. The pattern in fibromyalgia is now pretty clear; the fight/flight (sympathetic nervous system) system is activated even during rest, the heart rate response (chronotropic incompetence) to exercise is in the pits, and the sympathetic nervous system – overactive during rest – poops out when under stress. Plus the baroreflex response, which maintains blood pressure, and regulates autonomic nervous system functioning, is not working properly either.

An Overlooked Issue in Fibromyalgia? Study Highlights Problems Standing (Orthostatic Intolerance)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DWP Admits Mandatory Reconsideration Are Rigged


The DWP have as good as admitted that mandatory reconsiderations are a sham.
 
In response to a recent Freedom of Information query, the DWP revealed that they have a target of upholding the original decision in 80% of all mandatory reconsideration requests.

Worse still, they managed to exceed that target in the year to March 2017 by turning down 87.5% of all applications.

The DWP have since claimed that PIP is not included in the 80% target.

However, it remains the case that over 80% of PIP mandatory reconsideration requests also fail to get the decision changed – however coincidental the DWP might claim that figure is.

Having a target for the percentage of requests that should fail almost certainly renders the mandatory reconsideration process unlawful.

DWP Admits Mandatory Reconsideration Are Rigged

Friday, 17 March 2017

How the Edwardians Spoke



As a linguist and a singer, being fascinated by accents and from my interest in studying my family history - my grandfathers and great uncles all of whom served in WWI - this has been the most fascinating and interesting documentary I've seen in a long time.

How the Edwardians Spoke
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