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Dear Reader,

This is our final brief update, and the final coupon, before the newsletter breaks for the summer parliamentary recess

In this edition we have an appeal for support for John Pring, the journalist behind the Disability News Service.

We also look at the attempt to visit a benefits style sanction on Esther McVey, secretary of state for work and pensions.

And we alert people with haemophilia about a DWP review of PIP awards for some claimants who have had their needs under-assessed.

 

JOHN PRING’S DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE NEEDS YOU
Most of our readers will be familiar with the work of John Pring, the extraordinarily dogged and courageous disabled journalist behind the Disability News Service.

John brings a unique level of professional journalistic rigour to the world of welfare benefits reporting and has broken many vital stories as a result.

Many will remember his investigation into the secret DWP reports into the deaths of ESA claimants, an issue he continues to pursue.

But John’s commitment to his work has come at a cost.

Subscriptions to his service, and advertising revenue, are hard to come by.

John has now used up most of his life savings helping to fund his work over the last nine years. As matters stand, DNS will not survive into a tenth year.

John has now added a ‘Donate’ button to the bottom of every new article on his site.

He doesn’t want donations from people who can’t easily afford to give.

But if you can make a contribution, you will be supporting a service that we would all be the poorer without.

 

MCVEY ESCAPES BENEFITS STYLE SANCTION
The worlds of politicians and claimants are very different.

Claimants who give misleading information to the DWP face sanctions and even criminal prosecutions in some cases.

But DWP ministers who mislead the house of commons and the country, as has happened on many occasions, generally get off scot free.

This month Esther McVey misled the house about the contents of a National Audit Office (NAO) report into universal credit (UC).

McVey untruthfully told MPs that the NAO had urged that the roll out of UC be speeded up, when they had actually recommended the precise opposite.

She was challenged on her claims in an open letter written by the head of the NAO.

Labour capitalised on this by attempting to pass a motion that would have sanctioned McVey by cutting her salary to zero for four weeks.

The motion failed.

But it did at least serve to highlight the utter hypocrisy of the current minister for work and pensions.

 

DWP REVIEWS PIP HAEMOPHILIA CLAIMS
The DWP are reviewing all awards of PIP to claimants with haemarthropathy, a severe type of arthritis caused by bleeding into the joints due to haemophilia, because of a failure to give high enough awards.

No claimant will have their award of PIP stopped or reduced as a result of the review and none will have to attend a face-to-face assessment.

The DWP started reviewing cases on 25 June 2018 and expect the process to take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Anyone with haemarthropathy who believes their case should be reviewed and has not received a letter by 23rd July 2018 should phone the dedicated phone line for this exercise.

 

FINAL NEWSLETTER UNTIL 19 SEPTEMBER
This is our final newsletter for two months. The next newsletter – and the next coupon – will be out on Wednesday 19 September.

We’ll still be here, still updating guides and publishing articles in the News section when anything important occurs.

But the newsletter itself won’t be published during the next two months whilst parliament is mostly in recess.

We hope that you have a peaceful and worry-free summer.

Good luck,

Steve Donnison

 

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BENEFITS NEWS
DWP reviews PIP haemophilia claims
The DWP have announced that they are reviewing all awards of PIP to claimants with haemarthropathy.

John Pring’s Disability News Service needs your help
Regular Benefits and Work readers will need no reminder of the fearless, investigative reporting into benefits and disability issues regularly carried out by John Pring’s Disability News Service.

McVey escapes benefits style sanction
Esther McVey, secretary of state for work and pensions, escaped being given a benefits style sanction and having four weeks’ pay docked by MPs yesterday, when opposition parties failed to muster enough votes to support the move.

 

GOOD NEWS FROM THE FORUM
As always, many thanks to everyone who takes the trouble to post in the forum or email us with news of your success. We know it’s many readers favourite, and most encouraging, bit of the newsletter.

Success re PIP
“My sister has recently been told that she has been awarded the enhanced rate for both parts of PIP. We wouldn’t have achieved it without this website, so thank you Gordon once again.”

PIP award
“Well It seems I have passed the pip ordeal with enhanced rate for care and enhanced rate for mobility, I did not receive any points for mobility when I was claiming dla so this if great news.
Thank you so so vey much once again for your wonderful advice and help, you are invaluable”


DLA to PIP success
“A huge thank you to the staff on this site who work so hard to keep its members up to date with the latest information on government tactics. Having recently been "asked" to transfer from DLA to PIP I felt an uneasy wariness come over me, having read so many unfortunate cases of failure. However thanks to being a member now for several years, I am much more knowledgeable about the workings of this unfair system. Armed with such detailed and accurate advice I have been awarded the enhanced rate for both mobility and care for 3 years after only sending my application then having a medical assessment at my home. I previously had been awarded the highest rate for both indefinitely under the DLA system but prior to joining this website and only after a First Tier Tribunal appeal where I lost everything then an Upper Tier Tribunal where the full award was given for 3years followed later as indefinite. To arrive at this conclusion I went through months of mental torture, finally calling on Benefit Information which ultimately cost me approx £800 of my back payments. I only wish then I had known of this website. Since joining I have religiously maintained my membership because we never know when the goalposts may be changed once more.I hope my news can give hope to some now in the same stressful transition between DLA and PIP. Even now I keep checking my award letter to make sure I am not mistaken. Again many thanks to all concerned in providing such a wonderful service.”

PIP Result
“Hi, After a torrid time travelling through the assessment process, which is at best an uncomfortable experience, I finally received my decision. I've been awarded the enhanced rate in both Care and Mobility. Thank you for your unwavering and honest help and support. You definitely got me through.”

PIP award
“Firstly a big thanks to this organisation for help on my application and mandatory re consideration. I saw the awful assessor who gave me NIL points despite an up to date full pyschiatric report which said I was at high risk of self neglect. I applied for a MR and was given 11 points for daily living & 8 for mobility. I got standard rate on both elements for 10 years… All in all I am OK with this......I think I would win an appeal but I cant stand the stress....also they may increase the rate and shorten the length so I will be grateful for what I got...many thanks once again”

 

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If you’re not already a member, join the Benefits and Work community before midnight on Friday and you can get 20% off the cost of your annual subscription.

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Claimants and carers get an annual subscription for £15.96, down from £19.95. Professionals get an annual subscription for £77.60, down from £97.00.
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