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Comment: This adds nicely to my blog yesterday, about delays leaving you with no income, and even not receiving back-payment when you win your appeal: https://sassonhann.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/fear-the-little-death/
It really is despicable, but here’s the thing: remember the note in their publication ’21st Century Welfare’; it went something like this: ‘people who do not qualify for Employment Support Allowance and are not well enough to claim Job Seekers Allowance, will have to find their own means of support.
This idea of finding your ‘own means of support’, also extends to the claiming process; some are not even being paid the appeal rate at present. It would be interesting to find out Kate if this is just an occasional occurrence or whether non-payment once an appeal is registered is the norm.
Whatever the practices, it’s despicable to make people suffer like this. Some people have no family and friends to help them whilst in these situations, and they’re already ill, so finding the wherewithal to challenge these problems, and to stay alive somehow, is a hard thing.
It also seems a ‘postcode lottery’ depending where you live in the country with regard to non-payment practices, which suggests that the DWP is in a bit of a mess to say the least.
One person who commented on the article has waited 23 MONTHS: this is an absolute disgrace.
Read the blog and comments here: http://www.katebelgrave.com/2015/09/whats-the-record-for-a-wait-for-an-esa-decision-months-years/