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DWP Spending Your Tax Monies Defending Benefit Challenges

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:33 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Today's Independent :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 86166.html
DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

Exclusive: Government appeal process condemned as ‘traumatic’ and a ‘waste of time and money’
The vast majority of appeals were lost by the Government last year, making the expense appear unnecessary. Early indications now show the problem is becoming even worse in 2017, with a 77 per cent rise in money spent trying to stop people from getting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments.

Critics claim the situation has arisen because fitness to work assessments are deeply flawed, leading to incorrect decisions which need to be fought.

Senior Labour MP Frank Field, who worked as David Cameron’s poverty tsar, said: “What’s appalling is that the [Government] is prepared to spend £39m of taxpayers’ money against people who are desperately fighting off destitution.”


Make of this what you will , a few minutes reading the whole article would not go amiss.

Usual comments section at the bottom ...154 as I type ... could be some real " Interesting " ones by the end of the day ?

Just one which says a lot :

What's truly tragic is that those successful are only those that have the strength and will to pursue an appeal. Many do not who would be successful. This is the calculation for the Government. Financially it's worthwhile for them. The system is designed to be as unfriendly and unhelpful as possible. It's a system designed by a rightwing ideologue who had his heart surgically removed.