1,030 PEOPLE IN RENFREWSHIRE WRONGLY DENIED BENEFITS BY UK GOVERNMENT
Disabled people in Renfrewshire have successfully appealed against a decision to deny them benefits 1,030 times – prompting calls for a fresh review of the DWP assessment and appeals process.
Figures obtained under freedom of information laws show 1,030 assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) have been successfully challenged by people in Renfrewshire since April 2013.
This means that there was a 63% level of appeals that were overturned.
PIP is being rolled-out across the UK to replace Living Allowance (DLA) as the main benefit for disabled or ill people. To receive this benefit, claimants have to endure controversial assessments, conducted by private companies on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
George Adam said:
“Disabled people in Renfrewshire rely on these financial lifelines to live independently and be part of their community.
“For the DWP to get these cases so consistently wrong suggests a systematic hostility towards people in need.
“The Tory government’s punitive approach to the system simply isn’t working. It’s failing vulnerable people, withdrawing support from those who need it most, and leaving people out of pocket and unable to afford the basic essentials.
“The UK government’s disastrous record on welfare shows why Scotland should have the power to take our own approach – rather than leaving these powers at Westminster.
“In the meantime, it’s vital that these fundamental flaws in the current assessment appeals process are urgently addressed.”
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT OVER A MILLION POUNDS TO CARERS IN RENFREWSHIRE
2,730 CARERS BENEFIT FROM DEVOLVED WELFARE POWERS
Thousands of carers in Renfrewshire have benefitted from new Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £442 introduced by the Scottish Government.
New figures show that 2730 payments have been to carers in Renfrewshire totalling £1,112,000.
The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make.
Carers will now get two supplementary payments totalling £442 per year, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, which is a 13% increase on the Carer’s Allowance from the UK Government.
Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
“Last year, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement helped 83,000 carers across Scotland.
“Carers in Renfrewshire make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that they’re duly valued and properly supported.
“The SNP is determined to use the powers available to the Scottish Government to improve the lives of people across Scotland.
“This supplementary payment allows the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers, as quickly as possible.
“I am delighted that carers in Renfrewshire are being recognised for the important contribution carers make, and the hard work they do in what can often be difficult circumstances.”
Gavin Newlands MP welcomes local apprentice to House of Commons
Rolls Royce Apprentice, Chris Wight, was joined by Gavin Newlands in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.
There were 100 apprentices from some of the UK’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.
Organised by the trade organisation ADS, and sponsored by Collins Aerospace, the event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.
“I was delighted to welcome apprentice Chris Wight, who works at the Inchinnan Rolls Royce plant, to the House of Commons on Tuesday evening for a reception held by ADS Group.
The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors.
Chris is a testament to the skilled workforce and the high level of training in our local area. We are rightly proud of Scotland’s advanced manufacturing industries, much of it based right here in Renfrewshire.”
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:
“The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries contribute £30 billion in value added to our economy and apprentices play a key role in businesses, large and small. Today’s Parliamentary reception is a great opportunity to celebrate their contribution and allow MPs to hear directly about the exciting career opportunities that exist across our industries. A modern apprenticeship is the route to a high value and long-term career.”
APPLICATIONS FOR NEW SCOTGOV BENEFIT OPEN THIS WEEK
360 families in Renfrewshire received a payment of £600 on the birth of a first child, and £300 on the birth of any siblings, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Best Start Grant scheme.
Since opening for applications in December, nearly 10,000 low income families across every area of Scotland got help from the new Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby payment, with the new benefit paying out £3.5 million in the first three months.
This week, the First Minister announced a brand-new benefit as part of the Scottish Government’s new Best Start Grant package, which will build on the success of the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.
Applications are open for the new payment, which will see low-income families paid a further £250 when their children start nursery and school.
The Early Learning Payment is for children aged between two to three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out.
SNP MSP for Paisley, George Adam said:
“This substantial increase in support for families and new babies shows what can be achieved if we take a different approach to social security – using Scotland’s new powers to support families across the country.
“In just the first two months of the Best Start Grant, the Scottish Government got more money into people’s pockets than the DWP had managed under the old system in an entire year.
“The SNP in government has consistently demonstrated a commitment to increasing financial support for families, bringing equality to Scotland’s children by helping them towards the best possible start in life.
“With full powers over social security, Scotland can be the best place for a child to grow up.”