Another week, another defeat for the Secretary of State in the courts, as the Government agrees to pay thousands in damages to two disabled men forced into Universal Credit and discriminated against in the process. The DWP resisted the case being made public and while one would hope shame is the reason, those of us with disabilities forced to challenge such decisions, will agree with Mr Justice Lewis, who reportedly accused the DWP of “trying to hide something”.
People shouldn’t be afraid of Government; yet as cases mount, there is much for 13,000,000 people living with disabilities in the UK to fear. The Chairman of the Work & Pensions Select Committee described Universal Credit as ‘wrecking lives’ and this latest case is shocking, but no surprise to The British Polio Fellowship or the 120,000 people living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS); many of whom our Support Services helped to appeal and overturn fundamentally flawed decisions. We have never lost a case. Good luck; or terrible policy?
A step change is required to a system not serving the disabled who rely on it, or taxpayers funding it. The DWP should now compensate thousands wrongly docked benefit after moving onto Universal Credit. We support those living with PPS who need advice on such issues. Help is a phone call away on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship