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Tomlinson refuses to delay DLA to PIP transfers due to start in October

Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, today appeared to rule out any delay in rolling-out personal independence payment (PIP) to all other working age disability living allowance (DLA) claimants from October of this year.Photo of Justin Tomlinson

The PIP roll-out is due to be extended to all claimants with an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA from October of this year.

However, there have been massive delays in making PIP decisions for new claimants and for claimants with time-limited awards of DLA who are being assessed for PIP.

The delays have been so acute that last week two claimants won their case at the High Court after being kept waiting 13 months and 10 months for a decision. The high court judge ruled that the claimants were amongst the most vulnerable in society and that the delay by the DWP had been “unlawful” and “unacceptable”.

However, the court did not accept the argument that the delays were a breach of the claimant’s human rights.

Nonetheless, following the decision, the DWP has come under pressure to delay the planned roll-out of PIP to cover all working age DLA claimants.

The DWP, however, is reluctant to do so as their research suggests that around 26% of DLA claimants will lose their award when they are assessed under PIP rules, leading to a considerable cut in the cost of disability benefits.

Writing on the Gov.uk website today, Tomlinson said:

“The government was keen to launch PIP because it offers so much more than Disability Living Allowance (DLA) which it replaces. It targets support to those who need it most and considers needs arising from all impairments equally and consistently.”

He claimed that PIP delays were a thing of the past, arguing:

“Today, the assessment providers employ almost 4 times more health professionals than they did in early 2014. Meanwhile, new assessment centres have been opened to reduce claim processing times and reduce the distance many claimants need to travel.

“The average new PIP claimant now waits only 7 weeks for an assessment and the number of claims in the system at any one time is sustainable. We are in a good position to build on the improvements made and work closely with providers to deliver a better, joined-up service. It is absolutely essential, having seen these delays in 2013 and early 2014, that we learn from the past.”

Whilst not specifically addressing the October deadline for full roll-out, Tomlinson went on to say:

“We simply cannot afford to put this progress in jeopardy. I remain absolutely committed to the further rollout of Personal Independence Payment – but in a way which ensures we learn from our past experiences.

“I am clear that the next and final stage of PIP roll-out which will reassess those on lifetime DLA awards must be carried out in a safe and controlled manner.

“At the same time, we will continue to push for improvements in the level of service experienced by claimants. In particular, we are committed to ensuring that our communications are as clear and accessible as possible.

“Having recognised there was a problem, made a public commitment to solve it, and then delivered on that, now is the time to build on the progress.

“We should not let the difficulties of the past prevent us from delivering a better future.”

Tomlinson may not be willing to come out and say it directly, but the message seems clear – no delay in forcing DLA claimants onto PIP or off disability benefits altogether.

Comments  

#22 Chrissy 2015-06-29 19:04
Further to my posts above, regarding pip and universal credit, I now know that universal credit has been delayed.
#21 Matata2011 2015-06-23 13:34
maggie Zolobajluk just posted an update on the petition you signed, HM Courts and Tribunal Service - Publish stats showing how many people have died after their benefits stopped.



Iain Duncan Smith questioned in Parliament about benefit stats petition.


Jun 23, 2015 — Yesterday our petition was discussed in Parliament! Marie Rimmer MP and Debbie Abrahams MP asked Iain Duncan Smith why his department is refusing to publish the details of the... Read more


:-? :oops:
#20 Matata2011 2015-06-23 13:32
Iain Duncan Smith claims 200,000-strong campaign to reveal Tory benefits deaths is 'disgraceful'
+1 #19 Chrissy 2015-06-22 15:59
They say they are rushing ahead with PIP, but what about Universal Credit, which they also want to motor on ahead with. They need to make up their minds, because they cannot do PIP and UC if UC encompasses all benefits.
Also, note how they say they will be selecting individuals at random, just to make us worry from now till 2017, that we may be selected first. There are no postcodes who can handle PIP, all of them are struggling, just look at those two people who had delays, one of 13 months and the other of 10 months, they won their cases at court.
+1 #18 Chrissy 2015-06-22 15:56
Gagging law, or maybe employees have been blackmailed by their overpaid charity boss workers not to stand up for their service users, lest they lose their job and end up having to claim benefits like us.
+1 #17 Crazydiamond 2015-06-20 17:50
Quoting Jim Allison:
Quoting Paul Richards:
Hi all,
I've just come across this one - at last, a bit of a fight back!?
Please have a look at https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com
under the heading 'Worse Than The Poor Law, Universal Credit
Slammed By Councils, Charities And Even Landlords'

Also, on a separate note have you all noticed that both on Sky & BBC News in the last few days there has been (unusually) no mention at all of Cameron/Osborne - I wonder why! :o

And also (not reported on either of them!) because of the proposed renegotiation of EU rules (for GB), Standard & Poors have said that the top credit rating outlook for the UK is likely to be lowered.
(I bet that the bankers are crying into their beers tonight!!) :D

I say serve them right., it wasn't claimants that caused the financial problems we see today, it was the bankers loaning money to anyone.

As my bank manager of RBS said, we used to lone money to monkeys. Not anymore.

Also, I question that inflation is in credit. I'm paying more than 5p per litre for petrol than I was about 4 weeks ago. Plus my grocery bill is much dearer than it was in May.

Who concocts these figures ???


It is the old chestnut lies, damned lies and statistics Jim.

The Tories are edept with all three of these!
+1 #16 Paul Richards 2015-06-19 15:57
Hi all,
The MP's have seemingly got their noses in the troughs once again!
Please tale a look at this:

www.talktalk.co.uk/news/uk/article/huge-bills-for-mps-foreign-trips/172722/
+1 #15 Paul Richards 2015-06-18 22:36
Hi all,
Oh, it is such a shame - news today that Westminster is in such a rough state that if left, it could fall down around the poor MP's heads and ears!
Goodness knows how many billions of pounds could be spent in putting it all right and it could be a total of 32 years to complete the work! :-*

Meanwhile it seems that a firm called Poundbakery has now seemingly also jumped onto the 'workfare' type bandwagon - paying it's apprentices a measly £2.68 per hour.
'Priti Patel' of the Tories is well associated with all of this!
The full story can be found by looking at https://johnnyvoid.com
(some of the very good comments from peeps are also well worth having a look at!)
#14 Paul Richards 2015-06-17 19:26
Hi all,
I was right - it's been reported today that 'unemployment' has fallen once again - shame that I'm not a betting man - I could have won £10!
The figures apparently have come from the Office for National Statistics so it MUST all be true then!! :D
+2 #13 tinytim 2015-06-17 13:38
Why is it some charities seem to think that dla should end? i thought they would be campaining on keeping it.
As many may be and have been forced to lose there cars which will leave many housebound i would have thought that it was illigal to introduce such an unfair regrime especially as the cons said they want to save money by making it harder to claim.
I was on an indefinate award since sep 2000 and had a review in sep 2012 by an nhs consultant at my home and with the forms having to be filled in by the cab at my home dla is such a hard allowence to claim, some charities have said pip is simple to apply for i not so sure.
And whats the con excuse people were left on dla for years with no checks well i was so another lie.
+1 #12 Graham Hill 2015-06-15 01:53
I have been on incapacity benefit for 27 . I REALY have no idea what to do . . NOBODY will help . . I have had no income since October . it seems I would be better off dead or in jail . in jail I
would have food . . heating . I hope
some day . . the DWP pay for this
+1 #11 vision 2015-06-14 08:35
"With this in mind - (I am not a betting man, but if I were, I would bet £10) I now forecast that the next 'unemployment' figures (due out around the 19th of this month) are going to show a decrease - and they are still going to be BETTER then the previous three month's figures!! Of course they are"
The key to all this smoke and mirrors is NEVER believe a word they say. They know a lot of the sheeple DO believe it though.
What a state this country is in :cry:
+1 #10 Paul Richards 2015-06-13 21:47
Hi Jim,
Yes indeed and you are right.
These, so discredited bankers - loaning all of this money to all and sundry (many of whom could not afford any of it) are largely and mainly to blame for, firstly and foremostly, the unprecendented crash which pitched the global economy into a terrible downfall.
Of course, the Tories blamed Labour (for overspending) and continued constantly to blame Labour (for 'bankrupting' GB) for the whole of their 2010-2015 term in office!!!)
And yes, we down here have seen our diesel prices rise 2p from 119p (6 weeks ago) to 121p per litre (as it stands today)
And yes, also our grocery prices are also creeping up.
I truly suggest that these 'figures' are definitely concocted and dreamed up to make this present Tory Government look good.

With this in mind - (I am not a betting man, but if I were, I would bet £10) I now forecast that the next 'unemployment' figures (due out around the 19th of this month) are going to show a decrease - and they are still going to be BETTER then the previous three month's figures!! Of course they are - we now have Tories in Government (and there are going to be so many peeps that have been knocked off of the figures of JSA - have they gone on to ESA? I ask myself?
+1 #9 Jim Allison 2015-06-13 16:27
Quoting Paul Richards:
Hi all,
I've just come across this one - at last, a bit of a fight back!?
Please have a look at https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com
under the heading 'Worse Than The Poor Law, Universal Credit
Slammed By Councils, Charities And Even Landlords'

Also, on a separate note have you all noticed that both on Sky & BBC News in the last few days there has been (unusually) no mention at all of Cameron/Osborne - I wonder why! :o

And also (not reported on either of them!) because of the proposed renegotiation of EU rules (for GB), Standard & Poors have said that the top credit rating outlook for the UK is likely to be lowered.
(I bet that the bankers are crying into their beers tonight!!) :D

I say serve them right., it wasn't claimants that caused the financial problems we see today, it was the bankers loaning money to anyone.

As my bank manager of RBS said, we used to lone money to monkeys. Not anymore.

Also, I question that inflation is in credit. I'm paying more than 5p per litre for petrol than I was about 4 weeks ago. Plus my grocery bill is much dearer than it was in May.

Who concocts these figures ???
+2 #8 Paul Richards 2015-06-12 22:21
Hi all,
I've just come across this one - at last, a bit of a fight back!?
Please have a look at https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com
under the heading 'Worse Than The Poor Law, Universal Credit
Slammed By Councils, Charities And Even Landlords'

Also, on a separate note have you all noticed that both on Sky & BBC News in the last few days there has been (unusually) no mention at all of Cameron/Osborne - I wonder why! :o

And also (not reported on either of them!) because of the proposed renegotiation of EU rules (for GB), Standard & Poors have said that the top credit rating outlook for the UK is likely to be lowered.
(I bet that the bankers are crying into their beers tonight!!) :D
+5 #7 angela 2015-06-12 08:23
What has happen to all the organasations that used to challage these changes have they all give up and left us to fight our own corner i have not heard any thing from any of them since before the election
+5 #6 vision 2015-06-11 16:43
It's all about "Moving the goalposts" to suit their own agenda. :sad:
If they want to keep "Moving the goalposts" maybe we all need to alter our aim!!
+5 #5 buster 2015-06-11 12:52
Quote:
As i have said before this goverment wont stop till there is no right to any benefit full stop there seems no way of stoping this
Unfortunately, it does seem like the Conservative government are acting like an unstoppable and unchallenged well oiled machine - hell bent on destroying Social Security and reintroducing abject poverty to the UK - on a scale not seen since at least the 1970s, in my opinion - and through experience.

For example, the BBC (Newsnight) have only just picked up on the upcoming cuts to Child Tax Credits - which the Tories are about to implement - despite it resulting in a further 300,000 vulnerable children being classed as living in relative poverty. What has this got to do with aspiration? Also, this policy goes against the UK's legally binding 2020 child poverty targets which were introduced by the last Labour government. How does this fit in with the Tories Child Poverty Strategy? Then again why should we be surprised? - last year the Tories did indeed "kick in to long grass" their Child Poverty Strategy - after audaciously but unsuccessfully attempting to alter the rules that classify children as being poor. Yes, in one swoop, the Tories really did attempt to instantly declassify hundreds of thousands of poor children as not being poor any more.

In conclusion, it would now seem the Tories are unashamedly going about creating child poverty in a much more direct and "honest" way according to them - shame on the Tory government. My heart goes out to the families who will soon be suffering from these arbitrary cruel cuts to Child Tax Credits - including parents of disabled and sick children of course - all this in a week when MPs have given themselves a 10% income rise.

Buster
+7 #4 angela 2015-06-10 16:57
As i have said before this goverment wont stop till there is no right to any benefit full stop there seems no way of stoping this
+3 #3 pusscatsmum 2015-06-10 16:05
So why go thru all the hassle when we first saw the consultants who placed us on DLA Indefinate awards.
Does it mean that those who were employed by the DWP as Doctors/Consult ants who gave out the awards were not any good at their job or what???
If one failed to get an award this time round with PIP, surely one should be able to sue the DWP for withholding the ability to be employed thru out the 'Indefinite award', more so for those who are of a professional standing and have to complete CPD (Continuing Professional Developement) annually. -{ If you do not take your CPD within a 3 year gap from being unable to work, you lose your professional status.} If one has been denied access to do their CPD since being on DLA/orIB/ESA then the DWP are culpurable and therefore one should be able to sue the DWPfor stopping someone from working in their profession.

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