Pensions and Benefits

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

Disabled solicitor launches ground-breaking legal case over PIP discrimination

He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.

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.

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.

Letter calls on GP body to denounce DWP’s ‘fit for work...

More than 90 campaigners and concerned health professionals have sent a joint letter to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), asking the organisation to distance itself from the latest move by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Regulator chaired by former minister resists probe into DWP’s ‘disrepute’ contract...

A regulator chaired by a former Tory minister is refusing to investigate charities that have signed contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its secretary of state Esther McVey.

DWP’s disrepute contract clause ‘is proof charities cannot be trusted’

The decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.

DWP failed to show WCA reviewer evidence of links to benefit...

The Department for Work and Pensions appears to have admitted failing to show vital documents that linked its “fitness for work” assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants to an independent expert it hired to review the test.

Turnbull government must show how it will fully fund the NDIS

The Turnbull Government is walking away from its strategy to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through a small increase to the Medicare Levy.

NDIS Budget Blow For People With Disabilities

People with disability around Australia are reeling after the Treasurer’s backflip on funding for the NDIS. People with disability feel betrayed and ambushed by this decision and are left wondering what else is in this year’s budget?

NDIS participants devalued again

The decision flies in the face of the current reality of the Scheme, which is underfunding participants and failing in the Scheme’s primary objective to give participants choice and control.