Equality Act enforcement submission made

The Women and Equalities Select Committee at the House of Commons is investigating (lack of) Equality Act enforcement.  We're suggesting that the social security tribunal is given the power to consider Equality Act claims like the employment tribunal and special educational needs tribunal already can.  We're also pushing for the courts service to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.  See the full submission here.

DWP policies not to stop benefits revealed!

Interesting that the DWP has just revealed in correspondence that it appears to have a policy not to stop ESA claimants' payments if they're known to have mental health problems and are unable to complete and return a questionnaire,

"...in accordance with DWP policy, if someone with a mental health condition does not return their ESA50 questionnaire within the usual four week period their benefit does not end, as it would for other claims".

This comes hot on the heals of it being revealed that the DWP also does not stop payments when claimants' with cervical myelopathy cannot return questionnaires.

Will be interesting to see if any cases come through that have "slipped through the net"!