PLP’s project on benefit sanctioning would like your input.

Shivani Misra is a research fellow at the Public Law Project and is conducting research on the impact of benefit sanctioning on disabled people. This is a part of PLP’s three-year project to develop and instigate a strategic legal response to the national issue of benefit sanctioning.

She will be particularly focusing on the following:

  1. Delays at the mandatory reconsideration and appeal stages, particularly for ESA claimants who have been put into the WRAG or refused ESA altogether and/or where hardship payments are unavailable.
  2. Problems caused by failures to share relevant information about a claimant’s medical condition or disability between the Work Capability assessor, the JCP Decision Maker, and the Work Programme Provider
  3. Failures by Work Programme Providers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled claimants in the WRAG or claiming JSA
  4. Lack of/inadequate reasons for sanctioning decisions undermining appeal rights.

As a part of the research she is interested in gathering evidence and hearing individual cases studies as well as talking to advisers about their experience.

Would your organization be interested in participating in the research? Your experience and inputs would certainly enrich the project.

She would also be willing to meet and discuss the issues at greater length and looks forward to hearing from you.

You can contact Shivani at The Public Law Project on 020 7843 1260  or email: s.misra@publiclawproject.org.uk

You can follow PLP on Twitter @publiclawprojct.

GMWRAG members will already be getting themselves familiar with the idea that all 4 of the above areas are ripe for public law, EA 10 or Article 6 challenges. If not, please have a look at our strategic casework pages at https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/gmscg.

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Minutes of the NWMHWRAG now available.

The minutes of the November NWMHWRAG meeting are now available for download from their GMWRAG pages and of course from here. Details of the January 2016 meeting have already been posted in our pages.

Minutes of last Fridays GMWRAG meeting have already been done in draft form and will be published once additional documents (especially from the session run by Housing Systems) have been scanned and approved. The excellent presentations have from Trussell Trust and Housing Systems have already been uploaded to the site but we’re not going to post them publicly until such time as the minutes and all other documents are available.

In the meantime, keeping a promise we made to the original NWMHWRAG site to post up relevant case law we have posted a copy of the IM case up in the NWMHWRAG case law section of the GMWRAG site.