Why are up to 28,960 people were left without funds
often for periods of between 6 and 8 weeks,”
with no access to Hardship Payments?
How long will it be before someone dies whilst waiting for a
Mandatory Reconsideration(MR) is the first stage in appealing a WCA (Medical examination) which you must pass if you are going to be eligible for (Employment and Support Allowance) sickness benefit .
You cannot proceed with an appeal until this stage is completed!
Published in December 2014, Citizens Advice stated they saw
“8,530 people about mandatory reconsideration from Jan – June 2014.
2,740 (32%) of these people also reported being left without funds due to their reconsideration.
If we were to extrapolate this to the 90,500 Mandatory Reconsideration requests over the same time period this would suggest that:
Up to 28,960 people were left without funds
often for periods of between 6 and 8 weeks “
If you have been found fit for work at the Work Capability Assessment
Request a Mandatory Reconsideration
(contest the claim that you are fit for work.)
Go to Jobcentre Plus to sign on and state you have applied for a Mandatory Reconsideration
You could restrict your hours and the type of work you could do and hope that you will not be sanctioned if you are too sick to find work
Confusion amongst Jobcentre Plus staff means:
You may not be allowed to sign on to Job Seekers Allowance as they think you are too sick
You may be redirected to get advice from an Advice Agency
You may decide to continue with your Mandatory Reconsideration and not sign onto Jobseekers Allowance
As your Employment and Support Allowance (Sickness Benefit) claim has been closed.
As you have not be able to open a Jobseekers claim
you do not have an open claim,
making you ineligible for Hardship Payments
If you are not claiming benefit, you cannot claim hardship payments!!
Up to 28,960 people could have been left without any means to feed themselves.
There is no difference to The Public Purse as both Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Allowance (during the assessment period) are paid at the same rate of £73.10pw!
How is it OK for this Government to starve its citizens into not being able to exercise their legal right to challenge being found fit for work?
This must stop today