Can’t work? Appealing ESA? Claim JSA instead say DWP

June 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I don’t think I need to add anything more to the following from Johnny Void (although it is my emphasis)…

From October this year [Employment Support Allowance] claimants will not be able to appeal against a ‘fit for work’ decision until they have first requested a ‘mandatory reconsideration’ by a DWP decision maker. Only if the claimant disagrees with this decision will they be able to take an appeal to a benefit tribunal. This process is likely to take months.

A recent response to an FOI request (PDF) confirms that claimants will not be able to claim ESA whilst waiting for this process to be completed. The DWP say that claimants will instead have the: “option of applying for alternative benefits, such as Jobseekers Allowance, however they must meet the conditions of entitlement”.

One of the key conditions of entitlement for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) – the benefit for those unemployed not unwell – is that the claimants is able to work.

This will mean that those appealing an ESA decision and claiming Jobseekers Allowance will be placed in a potentially fraudulent position. They will be appealing an ESA decision based on the fact they do not believe themselves able to work, and will be claiming JSA based on a claim that they are able to work.

Arragant? Moi?

June 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Not arragant? Not unwilling to listen? Doesn’t sound it to me…

“I’m the best person to clean up the political system,” he added.

Mr Brown said: “I think the cleaning up of the political system is best done by someone who has got a clear idea of what needs to be done – and I have.”

The complete interview.

Come on, Gordon. Do us all a favour, shut up and fuck off. Stop pissing in our ears with all this contradiction you come out with, as Evan points out in the interview, members of your cabinet have been voting against your ideas of transparency in the last year. If you were that commited to refrom you could’ve done so much more. But you didn’t.

Come on, do the decend thing. Call an election, then stand down and disappear into obscurity.

Also see Chicken Yoghurt: Gordon Brown: Of compasses and consciences (especially the last paragraph).

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