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News and opinion on pensions and benefits for people with disability.

Ceduna’s cashless welfare card will address drug problems: mayor

A trial of a cashless welfare card has started & DSP disability support pension recipients are included.

DWP figures on ‘unacceptable’ WCA reports cast doubt on decisions made...

DWP decision-makers are frequently deciding ESA claims based on “unacceptable” reports instead of sending them back to Maximus assessors to “rework”.

Mystery over fall in disability benefits paid to older people in...

"Astonishing" figures released by the government show that the number of older disabled people receiving benefits to help with their daily living costs has plummeted since 2011.

DWP ignores freedom of information laws in bid to hide universal...

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has breached freedom of information laws by refusing to explain how its new universal credit system of working-age benefits will affect disabled people.

Confidentiality concerns over DWP’s pledge to videotape PIP assessments

Concerns about confidentiality, particularly around how the videos would be stored, who would be allowed to access them and what DWP would be able to use them for.

Benefit assessment system undermined by culture of mistrust, say MPs

The disability benefit assessment system is being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”, fuelled by widespread claims that assessors are deliberately trying to prevent disabled people receiving the support they are entitled to, according to a committee of MPs.

Making disability support work across real lives

The big issue as a parent is the low expectations that people have of children with disabilities and it’s a real lost opportunity. That focus on what you can’t do rather than on what you can do is a real downer.

PIP assessments to be recorded but other response to MPs’ report...

A similar promise with the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits, not offered.

Sharp rise in disability poverty in Wales

The proportion of disabled people who live in poverty in Wales has risen by more than 40 per cent since 2010, according to “very concerning” new research.

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.