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JLR2

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dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:04:27 AM »
Following my reading my email from DR UK I thought maybe others might want to have a look at this.

''A DWP response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that it has a target to refuse 80% of mandatory reconsideration requests as a Key Performance indicator.''

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2017/may/dwp-has-80-targets-refusing-benefit-reconsiderations

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 07:34:28 AM »
Here are the links to the FoI requests:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/kpis_for_reconsiderations_and_di_2#incoming-978248


And the response:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/402400/response/978248/attach/html/2/FOI%201740%20response.pdf.html


I bookmarked these last weeks to post, then forgot.  >blush<

Thanks for jogging my memory, JLR >thumbsup<

JLR2

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 07:52:27 AM »
Nae problem NN :-)   Just a pity I feel that nobody at the BBC has noticed these figures, I guess they're too busy with telling us all about the GE and aren't the Tories only too happy that that's the case.

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 09:46:53 AM »
The brief, golden days of balanced journalism are gone for the time being (and who knows how long).

The UK is 40th in the league of press freedom (Reporters without Borders) https://rsf.org/en/ranking

The government has said that it intends to take steps to restrict what ISPs can let us see, particularly to stop pornography and fake news.  (I'm writing this from memory, so it may have been 'false' not 'fake'.)  That to me sounds rather like China and Turkey etc.  Oh yes, aren't those two of the countries whose leaders May has been cosying up to?  Along with those of Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, although I'm not sure how seriously Duterte takes people that currently just starve those they don't like rather than simply unleashing a free-for-all murder-a-druggie approach.  She may find herself on the wrong side of British tobacco company interests, though, if she decides to follow his latest intitiative on tobacco.

I go on YouTube and read political news channels.  The American ones reliably come up on my homepage where it displays things I might like to look at, and some overseas-based news items about the UK do (e.g. Jonathan Pie, Al Jazeera reports), but not UK-based ones (I know Jonathan Pie is filmed in the UK, but it's an RT production).  I can look at as many UK-based news videos as I like, but new ones don't get recommended.

Five years ago, I'd have brushed off any notion that this might not be simply chance, but now not only don't I think I'm paranoid about it, lots of other non-conspiracy-theorist people would say it wasn't chance either.

And as for the BBC?  They've sold their souls for the sake of keeping their licence, which is a bit of a waste of time if they're supposed to compete with Netflix or whatever on entertainment and grovel to the government of the day in the news.  Incidentally, I think that's so far gone that the colour of government wouldn't matter. 

I do not believe that there was ever a time when we were told the unadulterated truth.  If only.  But I think it's worse now than it was.

So don't expect terribly much news criticising the government, especially if the BBC thinks its onto a hiding to nothing over which major party is in power over the particular issue.  It's on fairly safe ground if it can highlight a benefits or disability problem as a 'local' one or a low level 'management' one.  Political policy that seems to be upheld by a lot of politicians of all parties isn't such a wise thing to criticise unless the BBC thinks they'll back down without too much hostility or criticism is so widespread the BBC doesn't make it worse.
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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 12:34:58 PM »
I think it is highly unlikely the BBC will be covering much today other than last night's atrocity.

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 04:43:03 PM »
not only that benefits are not more  given, I see a bigger problem with people, who are never entitled  for benefit but have health issues  but are not able to work, while they are not disabled enough to be disabled but are not 100% fit to find work. for example  pour eye sight , with 70 % in one eye and 50 in the other I can not drive, but I am not getting support to find work, why I can work, but without driving license there is no possible work. the same is with people who can not carry  things or can not long time sit or stand. so everyone between 5 % and 99 % health are sorted  out without support and work.

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 06:25:13 PM »
I think it is highly unlikely the BBC will be covering much today other than last night's atrocity.

I simply cannot help the feeling that were I in No10, fly on the wall sort of thing, I might be hearing a conversation along the lines of, Civil servant to other civil servant, 'What a terrible tragedy in Manchester huh?'   second civil servant, a Mr Crosby, 'Well one should try to look on the bright side, it has kept discussion of her indoors car crash chat with Neil off the telly'.

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 01:54:01 PM »
Al Jazeera did a special report that was on their site and on YouTube about abuse of disabled people's rights in the UK, but they did it within a short time of what happened in Manchester, so it seems to have disappeared under a mountain of reports about terrorism and the UK.  I can't find it on You?Tube or the Al Jazeera site.  I'm sure it's there, but if I can't find it when I'm looking for it, I doubt whether many will stumble across it when looking for up-to-date news/information about the UK.
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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 02:56:08 PM »

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Re: dwp has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 04:36:47 PM »
Thanks, l'Ankou, that will enable me to link to it else-site.
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