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More than 220,000 people have been given "zero scores" in both parts of the test for disability benefits in only 18 months, according to new figures. Labour's Angela Eagle called the statistics "deeply worrying" and said it reflected growing numbers of cases causing people great distress in her constituency. Personal…
More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer over a 12-month period, new figures show. Labour MP Jim McMahon said the sheer number of calls going without an answer could mean many claimants were giving up trying to get through…
Ministers have pledged to reform tests for disability benefits after accepting all the recommendations in an official review. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has accepted partially or in full all 14 recommendations made in Paul Gray's independent review of personal independence payment (PIP), which was published in March.…
Campaigners have launched legal action against the Government over a cap in funding for a flagship scheme to help disabled people back into work. The challenge over Access to Work concerns a cap on the amount of money people can be awarded through the scheme, which it is argued will…
Disabled people are seen as a burden on society "because the Government thinks we cost too much money", an Access to Work claimant has said. Julie Fernandez is an actor, trainer and entrepreneur who sold her craft business at the beginning of the year and is now working in a…
More than 200,000 original decisions on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been changed since April 2015, according to analysis of Government figures. Those unhappy with a PIP decision must first go through a mandatory reconsideration, in which the Department for Work and Pensions reviews the decision. Following that, a claimant…
A family of eight are living on less than £1.60 a day after they were incorrectly told to claim Universal Credit, an MP has claimed. Labour's Grahame Morris (Easington) said the Government was not reinstating or backdating the family's child tax credits. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said Universal Credit was…
Around 30,000 people with mental illness will spend Christmas with the prospect of a tribunal hanging over them, having attempted to claim disability benefits, campaigners have said. Analysis of Government figures by Rethink Mental Illness suggests some will spend the festive period missing out on upwards of £100 a week,…
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