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  1. Hi, Thank you for your replies. Benefits for 2020-2021 was £130.65 per week, I received a letter this year in March 2021 for the same amount. Then I received another letter in April 2021 for a reduced amount of £114.10 per week, £16.55 less than the previous year. I’m in Support Group, components I have requested Job Centre Plus for a mandatory reconsideration, it’s been six weeks and I haven’t had any reply from Job Centre Plus The letter was sent by registered delivery Can you please check if I’m getting the correct amount of benefit? I don’t know why it has been reduced from the last year My circumstances haven’t changed since last year. I used to get letters from Department of Work and Pension regarding the benefit and now I am getting letters from Job Centre Plus, have the rules changed? I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
  2. Hello, I hope someone can help me. I have been on Contribution-Based ESA for a long time, in the support group. I had 2 letters from Job Centre Plus. One in March 2021 which shows the correct amount of benefit I should be receiving (£131 a week) In April I received another letter, the benefit was reduced to £113 a week. I have disputed this amount as my circumstances haven't changed. I telephoned Job Centre Plus last week to find out why it's been reduced. I was told two things; 1) They have sent me out a form to fill. I never received the form. 2) When my partner received permanent stay in the UK, I haven't notified them. My partner came to the UK 11 years ago, I telephoned DWP and told them my circumstances have changed (My partner is living with me) they sent me out a form to fill. In the form I stated in that form that I do not wish to claim any benefits for my partner. I had a few more forms sent to me later on in the years, which I filled out my partners details and stated that I do not wish to claim any benefits for my partner. I had a telephone call from Job Centre Plus late last year, asking me why I'm not claiming for my partner. I said she is looking for work and I don't want to claim for her. He said he wants me to close the claim and claim universal credit with my partner. I declined. I feel Job Centre Plus are trying to force me onto universal credit and cutting my benefit. Job Centre Plus are doing this just to keep their books in order and move me onto universal credit which I understand is a different department. I will be asking for reconsideration for this decision, and wait for what Job Centre have to say as I have had nothing in writing stating why my benefit has been reduced. I appreciate any help and advice. Please note my son is typing for me, so there may be a delay in replies. Thanks.
  3. Benefits errors trigger £5,000 refunds for ESA claimants https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45892109#
  4. A distressed daughter presented her mother’s ashes as evidence to a doctor who was sent round by benefits inspectors to assess if the dead woman was fit to work. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/daughter-mothers-ashes-benefits-inspector-fit-to-work-proof-hatti-louise-broxton-wolverhampton-a8264636.html
  5. Thousands of sick and disabled had benefits underpaid Around 45,000 sick and disabled people may be entitled to around £2,500 each but a small number of people could be owed £20,000. https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-sick-and-disabled-had-benefits-underpaid-11298559
  6. Disability benefit claimants believe assessors deliberately tell lies about them https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/disability-benefit-claimants-believe-assessors-14284994
  7. Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will have their claim reviewed, the Department for Work and Pensions has said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42862904
  8. Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42745616#
  9. 'Selling everything' because of universal credit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-41590794/selling-everything-because-of-universal-credit
  10. Hi everyone, Just an update I've been to the tribunal last week and my appeal was allowed. The tribunal transferred me back to the support component and recommended the department does not reassess me within 24 months. I hope the government do something to sort this problem out and not waste taxpayers money. Thanks to everyone who helped me.
  11. Punished for being ill: ‘Benefit changes made my illness much worse’ Read more at: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/health/punished-for-being-ill-benefit-changes-made-my-illness-much-worse-1-8752619
  12. "Barbaric" 50-page PIP benefits application was reason disabled woman took her own life, claims sister http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/barbaric-50-page-pip-benefits-10403682
  13. Disability benefits: PIPs assessment firms 'to get extra £200m' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39599331#
  14. DWP asked disability benefit claimant why she had not killed herself http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-benefit-sanctions-mental-health-suicide-killer-herself-assessments-pip-a7682991.html
  15. Spending freeze to cut extra £4bn from benefits as raft of new benefit cuts kick in http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-freeze-cuts-austerity-measures-welfare-state-inflation-a7661196.html
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