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MPs and benefits

frecklesfreckles Member Posts: 258 Pioneering
The dwp effectivley trying to stop MP,s trying to help benefit claiments there should be a governing body looking into the DWP,s malicious cold calculating fraudulant failings of disabled people we did,nt ask to be ill and a lot of this is down to the tory goverment not caring or showing any compassion towards the sick and disabled of our society.. Who is actually here to help us an MP is there to work for us but no mcvey wants to stop that you car,nt get legal aid to help with pip/esa decisions so in the tories eyes lets keep looking after the rich and tread even harder on the poor

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
    What is the connection between legal aid and an MP? Nothing stops you contacting your MP but it’s arguable that most are of little use anyway when it comes to benefits. 
  • 231269231269 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    The aren’t listening to doctors nor specialists and yet the desperate are trying to get help and clarity, where better than an MP to help fight your corner.   But the more they get off pip the better for their targets.  I cannot believe that these people are even going against the “2010 disabilities act”. It was put into the legislation, in government papers and was made a rule,   And they are deciding to ignore that.  We have nothing there to stop the witch hunt.  We haven’t asked to be in server pain, backed into a corner or not being able to control our own bodies.  And yet once again we are being pointed out as being different, at not being normal, and of  being made an example of.  We did not stand in a line and get handed our disabilities like a pair of new shiny shoes.     That is the new reality of being different being pointed out, and being made to pay for that.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
    They largely don’t need to listen to or contact either. You’re the claimant. You need to prove entitlement. They’re there to make decisions not help you prove your case. Doctors and specialists can comment on diagnosis, meds and treatment as well as prognosis. They can rarely comment on functional ability or entitlement to score points which is why cases which focus on medical evidence often fail. An MP, or someone acting on their behalf, can’t even put in evidence on any of the above so can’t actually change anything in most cases. The crratyin of a dummy case to answer an MP also slows things down rather than speeds them up. 

    EA 10 can help with reasonable adjustments. Whilst the duty is anticipatory it’s hard for DWP or assessment providers to know what an RA would look like in lots of cases so part of the issue is that claimants need to ask for adjustments and most don’t. 

    At present all attempts to get people off PIP are failing as its running about 118% over budget so that argument doesn’t hold up especially well either. 
  • topshoestopshoes Member Posts: 442 Pioneering
    edited October 2018
    well i went to my pip assessment today and it was not nice at all  one hour and 45 mins being cross question as if i was a criminal , she was saying things i did not even put in paper work .some thing needs to be done 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
    Could not agree with the above comments more. It is making me so ill fighting the sistem. Its all smoke and mirrors and no way to escape it as we didnt choose to be disabled! It is not fair to be pu ished for needing support . 
  • frecklesfreckles Member Posts: 258 Pioneering
    Suggest no one votes conservatives at the next election they are evil beyond belief they are for there rich cronnies not the disabled to them we are just a burden
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
    I have not voted all my life...i voted once when 18. I didnt vote because i did t understand politics. When I did understand I felt they were all the same. Now I will be voting and it will never be for conservatives. They are total greedy self serving and so far away from the people they serve that they may as well be robots. I live in fear of joining the homeless on the street who shouldnt be there in a civilized society. I judge the conservatives the way they treat us . Silver spoons and private this and the lot of them.I pray everynight that they are booted out.
  • siobhan1siobhan1 Member Posts: 77 Pioneering
    edited November 2018
    What is the connection between legal aid and an MP? Nothing stops you contacting your MP but it’s arguable that most are of little use anyway when it comes to benefits. 
    Don't know if this info is of any use but when I worked in DWP, until quite recently, MP letters were dealt with more quickly by customer services if it was about a complaint. Also replying to MP letters in general admin we were told to send first class. No explanation given as to why. I just know they are dealt with faster than normal post. Probably to give a better impression.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
    They respond quicker but, in order to do so, DWP have to create a dummy file. That requires the retrieval of the full actual file which causes massive delays and often makes things worse. Not the best system.
  • frecklesfreckles Member Posts: 258 Pioneering
    Well my MP written to the dwp but they have,nt responded to me its a joke on the dwp,s part
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
    Which kinda reinforces my very point above.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
    frekles agreed it is a joke. The system. is a mess. The goverment disregard the disabled Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act. I have my local MP supporting me and I am glad of it however what I do struggle with is having to talk about my medical issues that are personal and really I should have the right to keep between me and my GP,in a setting where medically unqualified GPs are privvy to. Its degrading. I do get the point that atos . capita. Citizens advice. MP's. organisations or individuals that support the claimant and not understanding the condition or the emotional effect it has on the claimant. Wheres the dignity in that! This information should be between the GP and the qualified medically to understand each issue assessor only. I have no problem with my details being shared in that respectful way but the DWP dont want to hear facts. They dont take the condition into account only the ability to meet the descriptors. We are human beings not machinery that are pulled off a production line and strippped down to find a faulty part that is not that simple to find when applied to humans.I was assessed as not looking tired when I have struggled with ME for nearly4 years ...so funny ...so ignorant of facts and so unacceptable that on that occassion I couldnt laugh i was squashe because these people cant keep ddoing this
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP and ESA are functional assessments. Unless your GP lives with you they can offer nothing as regards how your conditions would functionally impact you. That’s why people who rely on GP evidence fail so often. 

    I can’t see any valid point as regards confidential information. Claiming benefit is a decision to make those disclosures on a claim pack and the very first person who sees that is non-medical. 

    Do you have a suggestion as to how anyone could obtain PIP without ever having to discuss how their condition impacts? 

    Finally, there is no such thing as an unqualified GP. 

  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
    so sorry about the above typo error. I put medically unqualified GPs and of course your right they dont exist. I suffer from ME and I struggle to keepup with my communication even with typing lol once again sorry i confuse things. Basically I am struggling
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,916 Disability Gamechanger
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