Dispatches: Britain on benefits......Tonight Channel 4 8pm-8:30pm

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Pentesalie

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Having watched this intently I found that McVey either didn't know about the 'Right Payment Programme' for the periodic re-testing of those on an indefinite award of DLA; or she didn't want to let on about it to the general public that we are systematically re-assessed because it made her case for PIP look weaker. Having had many of these re-assessments since the inception of DLA it put paid to her claim that we are 'on this for life without being looked at again'.

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missed this, thanks for flaging

any way of listening to it once shown?

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It is strange that, according to Channel 4's website on Sunday that Dispatches was not going to be on 4OD, strangely, in the 24 hours+ from me seeing that, to the airing of the programme, it was added to the 4OD list.

Only drawback I have now is finding a Web-proxy to see it as it won't let me see it at the moment.
Tony.

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KizzyKazaer

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..actually, I think I'll split off the parts of this thread that give PIP specifics rather than discussing the programme and put it with a new title in Welfare Rights, for ease of future reference...

>edit to add - new thread: http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=5371.0
« Last Edit: 26 Feb 2013 08:31PM by KizzyKazaer »

KizzyKazaer

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ATurtle - there does seem to be a problem with the programme playing, it's located alright but it just won't load  >doh<  Perhaps there's a rush of interested parties trying to watch it!

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Having watched this intently I found that McVey either didn't know about the 'Right Payment Programme' for the periodic re-testing of those on an indefinite award of DLA; or she didn't want to let on about it to the general public that we are systematically re-assessed because it made her case for PIP look weaker. Having had many of these re-assessments since the inception of DLA it put paid to her claim that we are 'on this for life without being looked at again'.

Hi Pentesalie,

Do you happen to know which year the DWP changed entitlements from lifetime awards to indefinite awards? As I would like to work out; who was in government at that time?

FM
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Ricardomeister

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FM, the change to indefinite awards was definitely under Labour (I think in 2007 but I cannot find definitive confirmation).

The link below has a table on page 12 showing the percentage of fixed and indefinite awards for the calendar years 2009 and 2010, so obviously the change was before 2009.

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2011/analysis_of_disability_living_allowance_DLA_awards.pdf

For anyone that is interested, below is a link to a factsheet on the Right Payment Programme:

http://www.cara-online.org/TheRightPaymentProgramme.html

Pentesalie

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Hi F-M
I was moved onto an 'indefinite award' in 2002 (once they'd twigged that it was never going to get any better), after being on DLA since it's inception, so I'd think that life time awards would have been prior to that; sorry I don't know the exact date though.

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Thank you both for that info!

Regards

FM X  >cool<
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