DWP to restore benefits of disabled woman it called ‘lying bitch’
Department does U-turn, amid calls for it to be stripped of delivering disability benefits
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has offered to restore the full benefits of a claimant whom it called a “lying bitch” in legal papers after she appealed against a decision to strip her of some of her disability entitlements.
According to mirror.co.uk reports ” The DWP has confirmed it has said sorry to the woman and is no longer planning to cut her Personal Independence Payment.
She may also receive an additional “consolatory payment” – which is handed over to people who have suffered “gross embarrassment, humiliation, unnecessary personal intrusion and … severe distress”.
Two weeks ago the DWP was preparing to go to court to defend its decision to slash the woman’s benefits.
It argued the woman “was not disabled enough to claim mobility support” after reviewing the case internally, The Guardian reports.
However, since the case was reported in the press, the DWP has made a U-turn on its decision and asked the woman to agree to close the case before it is presented to a judge during a tribunal.
A copy of a letter from a DWP official apologising to the woman was published on the Rightsnet website.
The letter stated: “I want to assure you the department takes these matters extremely seriously. We expect the highest standards of professionalism from all colleagues and are thoroughly investigating the circumstances brought to our attention.
“Whilst I cannot go into the details I want to assure you that appropriate action will be taken once that investigation is concluded.”
The woman has not yet decided whether to accept the DWP’s offer.
The comment was written in legal papers – where an official questioned whether she was entitled to a carer’s allowance which is given to people who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week.
The official wrote: “In this lying b**** case she is receiving the mid-rate carers [sic] allowance component for providing day time supervision to another disabled person.”
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