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30/03/2019 - DWP slammed over treatment of disabled people

disabledwheelchairThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be stripped of responsibility for providing benefits and support to ill and disabled people, a think tank say.

A report from Demos said that mismanaged "reforms" to disability benefits and a brutal sanctions regime have shattered trust in the DWP.

The report found that Tory “reforms” have left vulnerable claimants stressed and poor. Its disgraced reputation means it is “impossible for the DWP to engage meaningfully with ill and disabled people”.

The report included a poll of 2,000 people that showed just 13 percent thought the DWP was doing a good job in helping sick and disabled people.

Nearly two thirds of disabled people thought the DWP didn’t understand the concerns of ill and disabled people.

Demos concluded that it does “not have faith in the department to deliver” changes that could improve life for claimants.

Benefits such as the employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (Pip) should be instead handled by devolved governments, while job support could be run by councils, the NHS and charities, it says.

In further bad news for the DWP a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded that they are letting down disabled people who want to get back into work, overworking their Jobcentre work coaches and being too target driven.