Approximately 8,000 people have died within six months of being rejected for a key disability benefit, with new figures unveiling that 7,990 people had an application for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) turned down, only to die inside six months since 2013.
3,680 of them were turned down less than three months before their death, and people who had PIP turned down, make up more than 10 per cent of the 73,800 people, in total, who died inside six months of registering a PIP application.
DWP chiefs maintained there was no evidence to suggest people died for the same reason they were attempting to claim PIP. And those hit were only a tiny portion of the millions of PIP claims since 2013, but campaigners have contended that the assessment is broken, with 72 per cent of PIP claimants who’ve been rejected and appeal to a tribunal win their case, and that there were instances of terminally ill people having PIP unfairly rejected, and those that have been hit, have tragically fallen through the cracks, when they needed help the most.
The figures, highlighted by welfare campaigner Alex Tiffin, were presented in a written statement to Parliament by the minister for disabled people Sarah Newton. They comprise a five-year period to April 2018 in which 3.6million PIP applications were made, including numerous people forced to change from the old benefit DLA.
PIP is worth up to £145 a week to manage the everyday costs of being disabled, and 3.8million people have been assessed for PIP since it began in 2013, and 2 million get it, but hundreds of thousands of former DLA claimants have been left with either less money or none at all after the switch, and claims for the terminally ill which were normally fast-tracked and dispensed with inside six working days was down from 11 when PIP was started, but some of the 7,990 people would have later got back their benefit on appeal before their death.
These shocking figures show how potentially gravely sick people who should qualify for benefits, have tragically slipped through the holes of a system that should be there to help them as they near the end of their life, and some cases have been uncovered where terminally ill people have had their PIP applications rejected when applying under Normal Rules and have died inside the year, and it’s shameful that some people who are dying have had their applications denied, and 17,070 people have further died waiting for a ruling on their PIP application over the last five years.
But DWP officials stated that people claim PIP for numerous reasons, the preponderance of which are non-life threatening, and that DWP decision makers take into consideration all the evidence presented and under PIP 31 per cent of people get the highest possible support, compared with 15 per cent under DLA, yeah right!
They said that they fast track the claim process for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and that they’re ending unnecessary reassessments for people with the most severe and life long conditions, yeah right!
This is sickening and if this elitist government had an ounce of empathy they would change this policy immediately, and you would imagine with being the fifth wealthiest country in the world the very least they could do would be to look after their disabled people and the vulnerable, but clearly not.
This host of tax dodgers we have in government are quite prepared to stand by and watch disabled people die rather than give them the help they need, and these new developments to the benefit system has caused unjust hardship on those who can least afford it, resulting in thousands losing their homes and forced out onto the streets because they can’t afford to pay their rents.
And there is no doubt now that these variations in the benefits system had nothing to do with making the system better, it was simply a cynical and damaging plan to take benefits off disabled and vulnerable people, and for those who thought the nasty party had gone, you’re wrong, they’re back, only this time they’re even nastier.
There’s a bunch of people out there attempting to get sickness benefit, and are now sick because, before health and safety in the workplace, there were fumes and dust, but these people paid into a system to be looked after in sickness, and millions have paid into the system all their lives, but can’t get anything, just like the WASPI women that were due to retire and then the age limit increased another 6 years, but the government used all their money to try and scoop themselves out of the deficit.
This is the caring face of Tory Britain!
And some of these people that have been turned down for PIP and have either died because they have a terminal illness or they killed themselves because of it, so was it murder or suicide because those people from the DWP pester people to death.
But then this host of Tory toffs have never had to go without anything in their lives, but they implement some of the cruellest policies ever, and it’s had a destructive effect on the poor and disabled in society, and they should all hang their heads in shame because they’re despicable human beings, and they are the destruction of the United Kingdom and the most vulnerable. Welcome to the greatest country in the world, run by agitators!
This is just Tory Britain in total failure and a disgrace to its people. A shambolic Tory government clinging on by a thread, a Tory government in turmoil, a Tory government in denial, and a Tory government not fit for purpose.