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When the Department of Whinging PennypinchersDWP stop your benefits after you fail ? your medical/assessment, they do so simply because they can. There is usually no solid evidence to back up their decision and unless you are on the fiddle you should appeal.
If you don’t appeal the DWP, their Henchmen Decision Makers and your very own smiling assassin will assume they were right and are laughing all the way to the bank as well as at you. These people are in effect tarring every genuinely disabled and ill person in the UK with the same brush, and by doing so cant get it wrong! strange statement that isn’t it? when you think about it though, when they stop benefits automatically they must save thousands of pounds and when people don’t appeal it just encourages them. So I urge you to appeal, take it to the very limit.
Look at it this way:
Event:You ‘Fail’ a DWP medical functional assessment.
Consequences:Your benefits are stopped immediately.
Result:You don’t appeal and the DWP consider they are right and have got another scrounger back to work.
From another perspective it may look like this:
Event:You ‘Fail’ a DWP medical.
Consequences:Your benefits are stopped.
Result:You appeal against their decision, provide precise reasons why you are appealing and provide supporting evidence for your appeal. This then means someone somewhere within the annals of the DWP have to review your case, if they decide they can reverse the decision they will, and your benefits will be restored. You will also receive another summons to appear at the local DWP medical office for yet another medical.
If they can not reverse the decision someone has to take responsibility for that and if you are unlucky and the DWP still want to chance their arm they will forward your case to a tribunal. If they decide not to forward your case take it to the European court of human rights. Either way the DWP have their work cut out and that costs money, something they appear to have a lot of.
When you lodge your appeal you will have to complete and appeals form, the space provided is about the size of a 20 pack of cigarettes and will not allow you to express your self correctly. You can use additional pages, do so it is your right and begin by stating there is not enough space in the section provided.
The DWP know that psychologically you do not want to appeal, do not want to read the reasons why your benefits have been stopped and do not want to face a tribunal. They do this deliberately knowing your personal fear /initial panic will get in the way, please note, if you are nervous or can not express yourself clearly then someone is allowed to represent you at a tribunal.
Get help with your appeal, don’t do it quickly, take your time. Start thinking about your appeal the day you receive notice your benefits have been stopped. Make notes, keep copies of any communications you receive or write, avoid direct confrontation on the telephone, remember, they record all of your calls and can produce that later as evidence.
If they call you they will have to make sure they are speaking to the correct person and will ask you to confirm your name, nino, date of birth etc, remember the Government advise us not to give personal details to telephone callers because of the danger of identity theft. Don’t be afraid to say that and put the phone down, that forces them into a position they want to avoid, that is putting anything in writing. When they do call they will begin by saying can I speak to Mr/Mrs **** Practice saying “Who is calling please” Do this with every call, tell your friends you will be doing this, embed it into your memory. Its worth thinking about as they will then have to write to you, and that costs them more than a phone call. Lets make them work for our money…..
Look carefully at their reasons for stopping your benefits, challenge anything you feel is a lie, assumption, incorrect, even slightly wrong. Don’t let them frighten and bully you into claiming another benefit like jobseekers allowance, that means they win again. Bear in mind they know you are living close to the breadline and will have to do something to replace your benefits, they use your financial situation to enforce their decisions, which incidentally usually arrive the day your benefits are due to be paid so you have to go and make another claim or starve. This is a blatant abuse of their position of power don’t let them get away with it.
Don’t go overboard, be polite but firm in your appeal, remember to have a copy of your alleged medical ready along with any communications for your tribunal.
Above all GET HELP WITH YOUR APPEAL, DON’T DO IT QUICKLY, TAKE YOUR TIME YOU HAVE A MONTH, HAND DELIVER YOUR APPEAL AND ASK THE PERSON YOU GIVE IT TO TO VERIFY THE CONTENT OF YOUR ENVELOPE AND IF POSSIBLE GET THEM TO SIGN FOR IT.
Its time we fought back people, lets make them fight us for our benefits, remember you have paid in to the system to protect you in times of need.
I’ll be back.