Mcvey still won’t answer us!

As many of you know Debbie Sayers & I wrote an open letter to Esther McVey back in April which 866 people signed; we are still awaiting a proper reply hence the following…

Dear Esther McVey MP

Further to your reply to our letter of April 14 2013.

Your response offers no answers to our questions, therefore we reiterate the following:

We ask you revise your statement of April 8 2013 where you claimed “At the moment the vast majority of claimants get the benefit for life without any systematic reassessments and around 50% of decisions are made on the basis of the claim form alone – without any additional corroborating medical evidence…The Personal Independence Payment will include a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something missing in the current system”

We offered multiple examples of evidence which disproved the individual points in your statement; to save you time we recap – the vast majority of claimants get the benefit for life without any systematic reassessments is misleading as there never have been ‘lifetime awards – “In the past, the use of the term “Life Award” proved to be confusing amongst people who received Disability Living Allowance (DLA) It was taken by many to mean that once awarded, benefit could not be taken away. That is, and was never, the case” Source: DWP Central FoI Team 30/3/12

““around 50 per cent of decisions are made on the basis of the claim form alone” the contrary evidence for this is overwhelming but most tellingly on the DWP’s own site;

You also claimed in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that the introduction of PIP “ has produced an extraordinary ‘closing-down sale’ effect, with rocketing claims as people rush to get their hands on unchecked ‘welfare for life”; this is also unfounded as you can view by utilising  the DWP’s own  tabulation tool

Given this we believe a more fair and balanced statement including the facts should be simple enough? We request you respond to our individual points as laid out above.


8 thoughts on “Mcvey still won’t answer us!

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  3. What did we expect from her ……dear me what are these people after us so badly for …I served for my country and I definetely dont want to be disabled and ill. These people think we will all die fairly soon. Well Im not going to die no matter what stress these buggers put me under Im here for as long as I can be…and I will not shut up. Answer the questions McVey.


  4. Its always been hard to get a straight answer from an MP, no matter what party they belong to, but the current bunch of Tories, especially ministers, must be getting some kind of training in the art of stonewalling. McVey obviously graduated with honours because she is a grand master of it. Every single time I’ve watched her perform on TV she responds to legitimate criticism by simply repeating the lies being challenged.Tory ministers NEVER enter into debate; they each recite their own bit of the Tory Bible – in McVey’s case the lies and propaganda about DLA and PIP – until the challenger gives up in frustration. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to get them in a situation where they can’t do this any more. My preference would be for a Nuremberg Trial Mark 2.


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