Wales 4 DWP 1 : 80% Win Benefit Appeals

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Ground zero ... Wales ... a result that has the pundits pleased :

8,000 win appeals over benefit cuts across Wales in 2017.

Three-quarters of disabled people who challenged a decision to stop or reduce their main benefit were successful in Wales last year, figures have shown.

A charity said the 8,000 successes "clearly demonstrates fundamental flaws" in assessing disabled people's needs were not being addressed.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said new evidence could be provided at tribunals.

But one successful claimant warned the issue could drive people to suicide.

Steven Evans from Newport has cerebral palsy, osteoarthritis and is a wheelchair user.

He was sent a letter in January from the DWP advising him to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which was replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

He said his first application was lost in the post, so a friend helped him fill in a second one.

The DWP said he was sent another three letters advising him to attend an assessment, but he did not see the letters, and even if he had, could not have opened them because of his cerebral palsy.

When his benefits were stopped he asked for all correspondence to be sent to a local charity, so he did not miss any further letters.

But Mr Evans said his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments were also then halted because there were two addresses for him on their system.

As part of his appeal against both sets of payments, his GP said his medical notes stating his abilities meant it was "unethical" that he should endure further investigation relating to welfare payments.

During that time, Mr Evans racked up more than £3,500 of debt as a result of the stopped payments, but has now received all of the money he is owed by the DWP.

However, he feels other disabled people will be at risk of serious mental health problems if the DWP does not do more to check whether removing benefits is appropriate.

"What the hell is going on with the welfare system that is meant to be supporting me as a vulnerable person?" Mr Evans said.

"It's not doing that. People will commit suicide because they're not listening, they're not doing their job with common sense."


The figures, obtained by BBC Wales showed only the south west of England had higher success rates (76%) than Wales while other places around the UK varied between 59% and 68% but had higher numbers appealing.

Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, called on the UK government to "get a grip" on the situation.

He said: "Disabled people rely on these financial lifelines to live independently and be part of their community.

"Without urgent action, vast numbers will continue to be denied this support unfairly."

A DWP spokesman said: "Decisions are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.

"In the majority of successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence."

Limp excuse for their loss by the DWP ?

Still , work in progress.


Why a battle to claim most benefits in the first place ????
In no rush to discuss how many people have died either waiting for the outcome of their application or as a result of the outcome though are they.

These assessments are rotten/always have been, its like state sponsored genocide of disabled of which all parties, primarily the cons but also labour/lib are complicit.

Word to the wise

You don't have to have these face to face assessments at the "center", they can be deferred to a home visit and under certain circumstances (where you are so poorly its just not worth their time trying to discredit the fact) they may actually just waive it altogether, in favor of a telephone call

Have a person with you

If you have to post anything, always recorded delivery, its a cost but nothing compared to what is at stake for you.
Bear in mind this is not fool proof, stuff can still go missing in transit, or in some cases actually go missing AFTER they have signed for it.

Fax/email is a thing, its just that most test centers won't have it on the letter as allegedly not all venues have capability, so often they choose to not include it at all.. but double check they actually spelt it correctly. Most GP's will have little issue faxing/emailing information across (the admin simply does it while their printing bits off for you anyway)

Be informed, this isn't the sort of thing you can just wade through and hope for the best, if you need help you must swallow your pride and seek it, not often it will come looking, don't become another statistic!
Sending things either Special Delivery or Recorded is essential as it proves DWP received something on a given date. If they lose it subsequently, you have proof it actually arrived, and so no back pay is lost. Once i their system (letters are opened in a mail centre, not the office you sent it to, unless it's changed recently) not even opened by DWP's own staff, which is why things get lost!