Steve Bell’s cartoon in The Guardian 12th June 2014
Sue Marsh in her Diary of a Benefit Scrounger reports that “Today, Atos start the long journey of rehabilitating their decimated public reputation, by finally telling their side of the story on – wait for it – BBC news no less!” Her full blog is here. They were only doing their jobs! Err?
This comes at the same time as a report from the most senior judge dealing with benefits tribunals who suggests that the WCA process has virtually collapsed, Universal Credit is dead, and the DWP is overturning more than half of its own decisions in relation to some benefits.
None of this relates directly to PIP, but then it also has problems.
Fewer than a quarter of the of personal independence payment (PIP) claims submitted between April 2013 and March 2014 have been decided, the DWP revealed in its first statistical report on PIP claims, decisions and payments yesterday. Read the full article at Benefits and Work
I got a personal message today from Douglas Alexander, election supremo of the Labour party:
I want to take a moment to thank you for all your help and hard work in the run-up to yesterday’s elections, especially in the last hectic few weeks.
The successes we’re celebrating today are because of you — from door knocking to donating, and from speaking to our neighbours to speaking out online — it’s your efforts that have helped make the difference.
I really do not know where you get the impression that I helped you. I’m someone who sent individual comment to Angela Eagle in a 38-degree action. What makes you think that I would want to support a party that can’t even identify supporters from people who have commented negatively about the party?
Truth is I don’t trust any party given the lies and deception and the infantile histrionics at Westminster, particularly a bug-eyed ‘Wallace’ with his attack dog ‘Bollocks’ or the alternative a bunch of posh-boy spivs with a penchant for cutting benefits whilst enriching friends.
Vote ‘NONE OF THE ABOVE’ and take me off your lists
Unsurprisingly I did not receive a reply.
Iain Duncan Smith has again been found out using false statistics to justify disability benefit cuts: politics.co.uk
The staggering thing is that he “believes” he is right despite the evidence. A demagogue should not be in a position of power over sick and needy people who would be prosecuted if they told lies.
I finally finished and posted off the huge PIP questionaire, that I have been working on steadily for the past 3 weeks at about an hour a day (the most I can give it before fatigue and brain fog set in). I can’t say it was a labour of love.
As always with any claim for PIP (or ESA/WCA for that matter) the advice provided by Benefits and Work was helpful and well worth the small subscription. For specific PIP advice relating to ME the charity Action for ME was incredibly helpful.
I knew that today would happen but somehow hoped it would be delayed. The changeover from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) over to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has caught up with me and I now have to apply for the new benefit in order to continue to have my Motability car.
According to the various news forums I watch, PIP decisions are taking up to 6 months to process in some cases. My DLA claim runs out at the end of July so there is only 4 months for mine to be processed.
To continue to have the use of a car I need to score 12 points, the maximum, to get high rate mobility. Reports are suggesting that the majority of claimants for this level are failing to get the benefit but a lot may eventually be given it by the Appeals.