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  • Rick B August 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Can you add WOW Petition Campaign to the letter please?

  • disabled-dave August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

    “Most GPs do not have the expertise to make decisions about patient’s eligibility for the Employment and Support Allowance and most are not trained in disability assessment medicine or occupational health medicine.” Really? So a doctor who knows his patient isn’t qualified to make a decision yet a so-called “health professional” (many with far fewer qualifications and experience) who have only just met a patient can make an instant decision? What complete and utter bollocks.

  • Meredith Ong August 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I am still awaiting their answer…………..

    From: MEREDITH ONG (Account suspended)

    29 July 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    You recently wrote the following in response to the removal of
    Lifetime and Indefinite Awards…

    Finality
    01150 A decision made by a DM, the FtT or the UT is final1 unless
    it is
    1. revised (decisions of DMs only)
    2. superseded
    3. terminated after an award has been suspended
    4. changed or replaced on appeal
    5. corrected or
    6. set aside (decisions of the FtT or the UT only).
    Note: See DMG 01180 – 01191 for guidance on finality of
    determinations.
    1 SS Act 98, s 17(1)
    01151 Where a decision is changed or replaced as in DMG 01150, the
    new or revised decision becomes
    the final decision on the claim or application, even where it does
    not change the outcome1. But see DMG
    01152 – 01153 where an outcome decision is not replaced on appeal.

    With reference to the above;

    Can an award that was made at a tribunal hearing that was attended
    by one or maybe two professional GP’s, be taken away by a DWP
    decision maker who has no medical background?
    The aforementioned text seems to imply this.

    Why would an award be retracted if the claimants condition had not
    altered or got worse?

    How many claimants have had their “lifetime or Indefinite awards”
    taken from them, having attended the controversial ESA examination?

    Yours faithfully,

    MEREDITH ONG

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/removal_of_lifetime_and_indefini

  • Meredith Ong August 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Not heard from this either………..

    From: MEREDITH ONG (Account suspended)

    31 July 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Its been widely reported in the newspapers that the Treasury
    awarded £1.5 million in bonuses for failing on the economy.
    Have bonuses been afforded to staff at the DWP within the same time
    frame?

    If they have, please state to who, and why the bonus was paid?

    Yours faithfully, MEREDITH ONG

    Link to this

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_big_bonus_culture#outgoing-291392

  • Meredith Ong August 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    From: JULIE HUTCHINSON (Account suspended)

    6 August 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Recently,the following request was submitted to your department,
    the author was later banned from the site.

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Its been widely reported in the newspapers that the Treasury
    awarded £1.5 million in bonuses for failing on the economy.
    Have bonuses been afforded to staff at the DWP within the same time
    frame?

    If they have, please state to who, and why the bonus was paid?

    Yours faithfully, MEREDITH ONG

    The question was rather pertinent given the onslaught against the
    poor and disabled since the introduction of the welfare reform
    acts.

    Miss ONG was told that your department does not hold this
    information.

    The answer seems very sinister, in that, had you replied “that no
    bonuses had been paid”, it could be accepted. On the other hand you
    decided to state information not held.

    In light of your answer, i would like to rephrase the question
    slightly,

    “Please state if no bonuses have been paid during the time Miss Ong
    has requested?

    Furthermore; if the answer is to be evasive again, please direct me
    to the appropriate government department where i can ascertain,
    once and for all, if the DWP MEMBERS AT ANY LEVEL, RECEIVED A
    BONUS?

    Yours faithfully, JULIE HUTCHINSON

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/big_bonus_culture_2

  • GEOFF REYNOLDS August 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

    The BMA represents the GP’s, and they are probably distancing their members from the chances of being sued by their own patients for making wrongful fitness for work declarations…………………..

    If the freedom of information reply from DWP is correct, which it must be, the doctors are outside their remit anyway, what they are being asked to do is illegal………

    Read this carefully; its the response from the FOI request submitted by Paul Malpas;

    In the decision dated 2 July 2013 (ref VTR2728/13), it was confirmed that General
    Practitioners are not trained to make an assessment on a person’s capability for work
    according to legislation.

    Legislation is being broken as we speak.

    The DWP are instructing GP’s to break the law!!!!!!
    No ifs or buts………………………..

  • GEOFF REYNOLDS August 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    The DWP, have just written to my daughter, she does my typing for me as i have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands, (Hi folks).
    i once got a letter from them stating i no longer require sick notes from my doctor anymore. I am registered disabled for life, that is, till i went for an ATOS examination and was found to be fit for work with no points……….
    Strangely, i left work due to an industrial accident and i get paid Industrial accident benefit.
    I used to get Incapacity benefit, but they took it from me after i refused to get “fitness for work” notes from my GP.
    Now they have taken all my Disability living allowance………

    On the scrap heap it may seem………

    The DWP now refute the letter they once sent me saying i don’t have to send any more sick notes, quoting it is now out of date.
    Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous………….

    Furthermore, the letter only applied to one kind of benefit and not the DLA they have stopped.

    In turn i have got my daughter to reply. She is telling them that what they asked me to do initially, provision of a “fitness for work” certificate from my GP is breaking the law and secondly, provide legislation that shows i require a sick note for each and every benefit i receive.
    She also stressed that if anything was to befall me as a result of having my benefits terminated, that a dossier of my paperwork be sent to the press and she would personally sue the sender of my recent letter, NICK JONES DWP.

  • JEFFREY August 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    sorry about that geof r .. you could not make it up .. jeff ..

  • GEOFF REYNOLDS August 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Dear Mr Reynolds,

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information requests of 11 June in which you asked:

    Have any senior members or ministers with links to the Department of Works and Pensions received money from lobbying groups representing ATOS, UNUM, or any members of the Insurance Industry?
    Have any senior members or ministers declared payments from any of the above?
    If so please elucidate and explain why a conflict of interest was not declared.

    Have any senior members or ministers with links to the Department of Works and Pensions received money from lobbying groups representing ATOS, UNUM, or any members of the Insurance Industry?
    Have any senior members or ministers declared payments from any of the above?
    If so please elucidate and explain why a conflict of interest was not declared.

    Have any senior members or ministers with links to the Department of Works and Pensions received money from lobbying groups representing peripheral healthcare organisations such as CAPITA, SERCO etc, who have taken on roles within the parameters of Welfare Reforms?
    Have any senior members or ministers declared payments from any of the above?
    If so please elucidate and explain why a conflict of interest was not declared.

    Have any senior members or ministers with links to the Department of Works and Pensions received shares or gifts from lobbying groups representing ATOS, UNUM, or any members of the Insurance Industry?
    Have any senior members or ministers declared payments from any of the above?
    If so please elucidate and explain why a conflict of interest was not declared.

    Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act allows us to direct you to information which is already reasonably accessible to you. Information held by this Department that you may find of use in relation to your request can be found at the attached link to the Department’s website

    https://www.gov.uk/search?tab=government-results&q=DWP+Ministers+gifts+

    https://www.gov.uk/search?tab=government-results&q=DWP+Ministers+hospitality+

    https://www.gov.uk/search?tab=government-results&q=dwp+senior+managers+hospitality

    The information for the period 1 January to 31 March will be published in due course. Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts from disclosure information that is intended for future publication.

    From records held by this Department no gifts have been received by senior managers from the groups you have mentioned.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

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