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Old 12-03-2020, 21:58   #2626
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This programme highlights the current DWP culture towards disabled staff & claimants:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000g6rz
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Old 12-03-2020, 22:04   #2627
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This programme highlights the current DWP culture towards disabled staff & claimants:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000g6rz
I watched it, hence my comments in post #2622.
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Old 14-03-2020, 20:56   #2628
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Discredited firms poised to rake in more than one billion pounds from new PIP contracts:

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.co...pip-contracts/
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Old 16-03-2020, 05:18   #2629
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DWP suspends face-to-face sickness and disability benefit assessments.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...-face-21698775


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Face-to-face assessments for sickness and disability welfare payments will be suspended for three months to protect vulnerable claimants from coronavirus.
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Old 16-03-2020, 11:48   #2630
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A sensible idea from them for once.
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Old 18-03-2020, 08:43   #2631
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Dear IAS Stakeholder

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to protect the health and safety of claimants and our staff.

As you may be aware, DWP has temporarily suspended all face-to-face consultations for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from today as a precautionary measure. This is aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to Coronavirus. However, alternative arrangements will be implemented to support claimants during this challenging time. These include the ongoing use of Paper Based Reports (PBRs) and the introduction of telephone assessments.

The department has confirmed that it will continue to accept all new claims. For those individuals already receiving PIP, they will continue to receive their current payments as normal.

For more information on this recent development, please visit the DWP website. We will also provide key updates on our website.

Best Regards

PIP Claimant Champion

---------- Post added at 08:43 ---------- Previous post was at 07:18 ----------

Anyone who is self employed or who has had to close their business due to the pandemic can now call HMRC on 0300 456 3565 for advice on tax and any benefits available to them.
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Old 18-03-2020, 10:59   #2632
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https://www.understandinguniversalcr...-vD-msuAAbHzOY A guide to Universal Credit for those who need to claim. This benefit does not pay anything for people to live on or help with rent & mortgage payments for at least the first five weeks. CLAIM AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE LAID OFF, HAVE TO CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS OR ARE MADE REDUNDANT. This is because you do not get paid for the first week and the following four weeks are paid in arrears. This may be even longer if you receive any outstanding wages or receive a tax refund. The seven days starts from the date you claim, so claiming straight away gets the clock ticking. If you cannot manage during the waiting period, you are entitled to ask for an interest free loan that they will claw back from your ongoing payments.
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The Department for Work and Pensions is expected to announce later today that it is suspending welfare conditionality rules, including for universal credit, to ensure that benefit payments are not interrupted and to ease pressure on job centres.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...own-by-weekend
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Old 19-03-2020, 16:53   #2634
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The Department for Work and Pensions is expected to announce later today that it is suspending welfare conditionality rules, including for universal credit, to ensure that benefit payments are not interrupted and to ease pressure on job centres.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...own-by-weekend
I hope that this includes lifting current sanctions for those affected.

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Old 19-03-2020, 20:25   #2635
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Interesting ideas floating around about a Universal payment and Coronavirus.

People are going out to work because they don't want to get poorer. Considering 'money' is a human construct the challenge is finding a way to peg what someone has now for 4-6 weeks and let them come out the other side in roughly the same position they are in now.

As the stock exchange falls, the pound falls and recession is imminent. What's really the cheaper option?
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Old 20-03-2020, 14:43   #2636
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I think they'll have to think about a UI with automation round the corner, this might just push it forward. The Conservative Government might do it as, to their credit, they've dumped political dogma and are now effectively carrying out left wing policis and not leaving things for the market to decide.
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I think they'll have to think about a UI with automation round the corner, this might just push it forward. The Conservative Government might do it as, to their credit, they've dumped political dogma and are now effectively carrying out left wing policis and not leaving things for the market to decide.
They're only applying this because of the failures of capitalism. It can't get itself out of slumps. The end game is still to ride the crest of the wave of the free market economics once it recovers (essentially at the expense of the taxpayer.

It needs intervention on a huge scale (see 2008) to do so.
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The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended all disability reviews and assessments for three months, and is to hire 1,5000 new staff to deal with a surge of new claims for benefits.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...lockdown-rules
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The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended all disability reviews and assessments for three months, and is to hire 1,5000 new staff to deal with a surge of new claims for benefits.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...lockdown-rules
2020 is starting to feel like Jeremy Corbyn has won the election! Not sure what policies I would be offering up now as a Labour leader, apart from maybe jailing people like Tim Martin (Wetherspoons boss)!
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2020 is starting to feel like Jeremy Corbyn has won the election! Not sure what policies I would be offering up now as a Labour leader, apart from maybe jailing people like Tim Martin (Wetherspoons boss)!
Aye, he's spending more than Corbyn wanted to that's for sure!

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