40% are wrongly denied benefits in South Essex

Southend Standard: 40% are wrongly denied benefits 40% are wrongly denied benefits

THE Government has been criticised for incorrectly stopping people’s benefits in more than four in ten cases in south Essex.

Figures obtained by the Echo under the Freedom of Information Act show just over 40 per cent of all decisions to stop or dock someone’s jobseeker’s allowance in south Essex are overturned.

The Department for Work and Pensions released the figures for the past nine months – October 2012 to June 2013.

In that period, 1,970 people asked the department to reconsider its decision to dock their money.

Out of these, 800 were successful and the Department for Work and Pensions reinstated their stopped payments.

Southend Council’s Labour group leader, Ian Gilbert, said: “It’s something we’re aware of.

“I think it’s a very deliberate policy on the part of the Government to make life as difficult as possible for people on benefits.

“I’ve heard of people being sanctioned for the most spurious of reasons, like people being unable to get to their interviews in heavy snow storms.”

Pastor Victor Oladele, who helps to run Basildon Foodbank, which is based at The Place, in Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, said the figures did not surprise him.

He said: “The vast majority of people we help are those who have been affected by changes to benefits, and many of those have had it stopped or sanctioned.

“I don’t know how it works that well, but it seems like a draconian system.

I have heard of people who have missed an appointment because they have been ill or in hospital and their benefits are stopped and they don’t put them back on for weeks.”

The Department for Work and Pensions did not respond the Echo’s requests for comment.

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4:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

John Bull 40 says...

40% convinced the panel they had a good excuse, not quite the same thing.
40% convinced the panel they had a good excuse, not quite the same thing. John Bull 40

5:02pm Mon 6 Jan 14

BrianOtridge says...

The whole benefits system is overly complex, and government is too big, what with all the quangos that David Cameron promised to make a "bonfire" of, and other government waste.

So, in their desperation to cut the deficit (let alone reduce the debt) the Tories have tried fiddling at the margins of the complex and bloated benefits system with bad results that are unfair to some.

What's really needed is small government, to reduce how much tax they need, and control over our borders so we can provide British jobs mostly for British people rather than putting our own people on the dole as immigrants take their jobs.

Only UKIP offers you such a bold solution, while LibLabCon fiddles at the margins, hands tied up behind their backs by the EU.
The whole benefits system is overly complex, and government is too big, what with all the quangos that David Cameron promised to make a "bonfire" of, and other government waste. So, in their desperation to cut the deficit (let alone reduce the debt) the Tories have tried fiddling at the margins of the complex and bloated benefits system with bad results that are unfair to some. What's really needed is small government, to reduce how much tax they need, and control over our borders so we can provide British jobs mostly for British people rather than putting our own people on the dole as immigrants take their jobs. Only UKIP offers you such a bold solution, while LibLabCon fiddles at the margins, hands tied up behind their backs by the EU. BrianOtridge

5:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

The inevitable answer, would be, to GET A JOB.
The inevitable answer, would be, to GET A JOB. LastLaugh2

5:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Miss Southchurch says...

I think it is the 'Old Story' of a few rotten people falsely claiming benefit, combined with the austerity measures of course, have caused on over-reaction whereby entirely genuine people have been 'trawled in' to this 'We must get everyone off of benefits' kind of ethos.

All very well Last Laugh2 saying GET A JOB -some people are simply unable to! A friend of mine with severe MS was told at an interview her condition would 'get better' . Get better, she's in a wheelchair most of the time!! She was turned down but successfully appealed.

However, one thing that still concerns me is that there have been a large number of cases in the press about claiming disability benefits, and caught 'winning a jive competition', climbing Everest, ref'ing football matches, etc. As there have been so many people caught out doing it, was it too easy to do!! It does beg the question.
I think it is the 'Old Story' of a few rotten people falsely claiming benefit, combined with the austerity measures of course, have caused on over-reaction whereby entirely genuine people have been 'trawled in' to this 'We must get everyone off of benefits' kind of ethos. All very well Last Laugh2 saying GET A JOB -some people are simply unable to! A friend of mine with severe MS was told at an interview her condition would 'get better' . Get better, she's in a wheelchair most of the time!! She was turned down but successfully appealed. However, one thing that still concerns me is that there have been a large number of cases in the press about claiming disability benefits, and caught 'winning a jive competition', climbing Everest, ref'ing football matches, etc. As there have been so many people caught out doing it, was it too easy to do!! It does beg the question. Miss Southchurch

6:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

I know two in my family who initially were denied Jobseekers allowance when they were eligible for it. One was told to ring Newcastle ! They were however very clued up as to what anyone from overseas could do. ! - Southend for you.
I know two in my family who initially were denied Jobseekers allowance when they were eligible for it. One was told to ring Newcastle ! They were however very clued up as to what anyone from overseas could do. ! - Southend for you. jolllyboy

6:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Criminal on the Loose says...

I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days.
I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days. Criminal on the Loose

7:22pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Nebs says...

BrianOtridge wrote:
The whole benefits system is overly complex, and government is too big, what with all the quangos that David Cameron promised to make a "bonfire" of, and other government waste.

So, in their desperation to cut the deficit (let alone reduce the debt) the Tories have tried fiddling at the margins of the complex and bloated benefits system with bad results that are unfair to some.

What's really needed is small government, to reduce how much tax they need, and control over our borders so we can provide British jobs mostly for British people rather than putting our own people on the dole as immigrants take their jobs.

Only UKIP offers you such a bold solution, while LibLabCon fiddles at the margins, hands tied up behind their backs by the EU.
Could you expand on the third paragraph, to explain how you intend to achieve this.
[quote][p][bold]BrianOtridge[/bold] wrote: The whole benefits system is overly complex, and government is too big, what with all the quangos that David Cameron promised to make a "bonfire" of, and other government waste. So, in their desperation to cut the deficit (let alone reduce the debt) the Tories have tried fiddling at the margins of the complex and bloated benefits system with bad results that are unfair to some. What's really needed is small government, to reduce how much tax they need, and control over our borders so we can provide British jobs mostly for British people rather than putting our own people on the dole as immigrants take their jobs. Only UKIP offers you such a bold solution, while LibLabCon fiddles at the margins, hands tied up behind their backs by the EU.[/p][/quote]Could you expand on the third paragraph, to explain how you intend to achieve this. Nebs

8:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jayman says...

Criminal on the Loose wrote:
I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days.
You have posed a series of false occurrences. your accounts are nothing more then the work of a sloppy provocateur.

your hastily chosen user name lacks any imagination or depth. The blatant inaccuracies in your comment display a sense right wing bitterness but also contain subtle nuances that lead to the fact that you, yourself are dismissing the very story that your accounting for.

your correct use of spelling and grammar strengthen the fact that you are educated to a moderate degree. i take it you are over 35 but suspect you may be much older i also suspect you are female. Most people refer to their party/drink/drug days as being between the ages of 16-21

in summery you are painfully middle class and you are a Tory party member. your main aim is seem clever to individuals who know who you are and who are like mindedly amused by this form of bizarre public comment making...
[quote][p][bold]Criminal on the Loose[/bold] wrote: I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days.[/p][/quote]You have posed a series of false occurrences. your accounts are nothing more then the work of a sloppy provocateur. your hastily chosen user name lacks any imagination or depth. The blatant inaccuracies in your comment display a sense right wing bitterness but also contain subtle nuances that lead to the fact that you, yourself are dismissing the very story that your accounting for. your correct use of spelling and grammar strengthen the fact that you are educated to a moderate degree. i take it you are over 35 but suspect you may be much older i also suspect you are female. Most people refer to their party/drink/drug days as being between the ages of 16-21 in summery you are painfully middle class and you are a Tory party member. your main aim is seem clever to individuals who know who you are and who are like mindedly amused by this form of bizarre public comment making... jayman

8:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

I think its good, for if someone cannot work out what they are due, then the savings are being made, for those people will never work, thick, is the reason.
I think its good, for if someone cannot work out what they are due, then the savings are being made, for those people will never work, thick, is the reason. LastLaugh2

11:56pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Criminal on the Loose says...

jayman wrote:
Criminal on the Loose wrote:
I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days.
You have posed a series of false occurrences. your accounts are nothing more then the work of a sloppy provocateur.

your hastily chosen user name lacks any imagination or depth. The blatant inaccuracies in your comment display a sense right wing bitterness but also contain subtle nuances that lead to the fact that you, yourself are dismissing the very story that your accounting for.

your correct use of spelling and grammar strengthen the fact that you are educated to a moderate degree. i take it you are over 35 but suspect you may be much older i also suspect you are female. Most people refer to their party/drink/drug days as being between the ages of 16-21

in summery you are painfully middle class and you are a Tory party member. your main aim is seem clever to individuals who know who you are and who are like mindedly amused by this form of bizarre public comment making...
F*uck off. I'm a criminal. Nothing more. Nothing less.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Criminal on the Loose[/bold] wrote: I used to take advantage of the benefit system all the time when I was younger and still living at home. I told them I had my own house, and got the basic job seekers allowance too. I used to spend it all on partying, drink and drugs! Those were the days.[/p][/quote]You have posed a series of false occurrences. your accounts are nothing more then the work of a sloppy provocateur. your hastily chosen user name lacks any imagination or depth. The blatant inaccuracies in your comment display a sense right wing bitterness but also contain subtle nuances that lead to the fact that you, yourself are dismissing the very story that your accounting for. your correct use of spelling and grammar strengthen the fact that you are educated to a moderate degree. i take it you are over 35 but suspect you may be much older i also suspect you are female. Most people refer to their party/drink/drug days as being between the ages of 16-21 in summery you are painfully middle class and you are a Tory party member. your main aim is seem clever to individuals who know who you are and who are like mindedly amused by this form of bizarre public comment making...[/p][/quote]F*uck off. I'm a criminal. Nothing more. Nothing less. Criminal on the Loose

12:49am Tue 7 Jan 14

unknown2929 says...

I think it's a disgrace. Having your benefit stopped ,because you can not take children into the palace you have your appointment. Marked down as failed to attend even though you have given them notice that you can not attend.

I do volunteer work to fill in the gap while I am job hunting to give something back, but the dwp and seetec don't give you no help at all the system's a total joke
I think it's a disgrace. Having your benefit stopped ,because you can not take children into the palace you have your appointment. Marked down as failed to attend even though you have given them notice that you can not attend. I do volunteer work to fill in the gap while I am job hunting to give something back, but the dwp and seetec don't give you no help at all the system's a total joke unknown2929

9:31am Tue 7 Jan 14

Nebs says...

If 40% of those who were denied benefits should have been entitled to them then that means the other 60% were claiming benefits to which they were not entitled.
If 40% of those who were denied benefits should have been entitled to them then that means the other 60% were claiming benefits to which they were not entitled. Nebs

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