Disability Benefits Consortium benefits survey 2017

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) is a national coalition of over 80 different charities and other organisations committed to working towards a fair benefits system for disabled people, people with long-term conditions and their carers.

This survey will ask you about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Attendance Allowance (AA) and Universal Credit (UC). However, you will only be asked about the benefits you’ve applied for.

Your responses will remain anonymous, unless you offer to be contacted further to support our campaigning work. Your anonymous responses will not be shared and will only be used by the Disability Benefits Consortium and its members to campaign for improvements to the benefits system.

The more responses they get, the more effective they can be in challenging government. So please spread the word and encourage clients to complete the survey – it takes between 10 and 30 minutes. Go to survey


DWP has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations as a Key Performance indicator

Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Benefit Adviser said “That the DWP has an actual target for refusing benefit decision reconsideration requests is bad enough, but that it has set and exceeded a figure of 80% is appalling.” [Note there are no actual KPI targets for PIP, as yet, but refusals of PIP reconsiderations are high]. Read more

Universal Credit concerns

Work and Pension Committee highlights serious concerns with Universal Credit to Minister: The Work and Pensions Committee has written to Damian Green highlighting a number of serious concerns about how Universal Credit is operating in practice, and saying that the practical operation of Universal Credit must be an urgent priority for the Department following the General Election. Read more



PIP second independent review published

Via Disability Rights UK news

We welcome some of the recommendations of the review but its terms of reference mean it hasn’t tackled some of the most fundamental problems with PIP; and some of its conclusions ‎may not help. For example, the review fails to acknowledge the widespread criticism of the PIP descriptors themselves by calling for a further urgent review of them and the damaging impacts the reduction and loss of benefit is having on disabled people. Read more ‘

‘Dynamic Purchasing System’

This presentation was given by Aidan Quigley DWP and is shared via Cumbria CVS This is an important topic and worth downloading.

‘Dynamic Purchasing System’ is ‘an electronic process for setting up and maintaining a list of suppliers from whom social and other service provision can be procured locally as and when the need arises’.

 disability-confident-employer-pack-level-1 DPS Provider Letter 1 Final DPS Provider Letter 2 Final DPS the future of buying – Mental Health Forum

DPS Provider Letter 1 Final

DPS Provider Letter 2 Final

DPS the future of buying – Mental Health Forum