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Rule change leads to plunge in successful disability pension claims

Government has significantly tightened up on the DSP eligibility rules resulting in vastly fewer successful claims.

Motability row intensifies as bosses and minister give evidence

The Treasury and work and pensions select committees are holding a joint inquiry following political and media criticism of how the car scheme for disabled people is run.

DWP ‘has no record’ of whether it showed WCA death documents...

The suspicion will mount that DWP and its ministers took deliberate steps to cover up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.

‘Muddle’ and ‘confusion’ over DWP’s 1.6 million PIP reviews

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is causing “muddle” and “confusion” by refusing to clarify which disabled people will have their claims re-examined through its mammoth programme of disability benefit reviews.

Mother of ESA suicide woman pledges to continue fight for justice

The mother of a woman who killed herself after being wrongly found “fit for work” has pledged to continue her campaign for justice, and for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to admit it was to blame for her daughter’s death.

‘Fit for work’ assessor suspended for describing examination that did not...

As a result of her “misleading” report, Service User A was found fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and so ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA).

Benefit sanctions regime discriminates against disabled claimants, new research shows

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing claims that it has been running a discriminatory benefit sanctions regime, following the publication of new research.

PIP claims could have been decided on unacceptable assessment reports

Disabled campaigners believe the figures raise fresh concerns about the quality of PIP assessment reports and how DWP decides claims.

Kiwi mum who suffered head injury denied a benefit from Australian...

A New Zealand citizen living in Australian can't get any social security benefits after acquiring a disability.

Eight years of benefit cuts will cost some disabled lone parents

Some disabled lone parents will eventually lose more than 30 per cent of their income – more than £11,000 a year – as a result of eight years of government social security cuts, according to new research for the equality watchdog.

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