Universal Credit is an unmitigated catastrophe for ill and disabled people

Politics and Insights

Image result for pictures universal creditI co-run an online advice and support group for people going through Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims, assessments, mandatory reviews and appeals. Recently there has been a spike in people being reassessed for their awards of both kinds of support much earlier than expected. Furthermore, many are seeing their longstanding awards being taken from them by the Department for Work and Pensions following the reassessment, when this is clearly unjustifiable. 

For example, a significant proportion of this group have chronic or degenerative illnesses that are not going to improve. If someone with such a condition is deemed unfit for work, or in need of extra support to meet their needs and maintain independence, given their condition cannot be cured, it’s unreasonable that following review, they have lost their awards, most often based on highly inaccurate reports from the Department’s decision makers. 

Those people…

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