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Hartlepool : Benefit claimants struggling to survive while they wait over appeals

Posted on: March 7, 2015

Every day we hear of the poor and needy going without due to the sadists in the DWP. Who the hell gave these lowest of civserfs the right and the power to do this. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should challenge every decision, and should turn up at the job centres by the truckload every single day – let’s see what they do then!

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

A Citizens  Advice leader in Hartlepool say benefits claimants are struggling to survive while they await the outcome of appeals.

Hartlepool Citizens Advice Bureau says more and more sick and disabled people are getting into debt while they wait for an answer from officials for their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims.

Research found some claimants are left without money as they wait between six and 14 weeks for the outcome to a second opinion from benefits chiefs.

And the advice service says switching claimants to Jobseeker’s Allowance while they wait for a decisions is costing taxpayers almost £30 million a year.

 The Hartlepool bureau is joining a national campaign calling for the appeals system to be reformed.

Joe Michna, manager of Hartlepool CAB, said:

“We see very many people coming to us with problems about Employment and Support Allowance.

“The mandatory reconsideration process (review process) is leaving people desperately…

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