Our friends at NAWRA have alerted us to the fact that Law for Life & Advicenow are looking for people to pilot their new Work Capability Assessment MR tool, and a peer reviewer for their Work Capability Assessment appeal guide. If you can help, Mary would be delighted to hear from you at mary dot marvel at lawforlife dot org dot uk.Follow @GMWRAGtweets
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:
- 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.
- 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
- Failures by Work Programme Providers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled claimants in the WRAG or claiming JSA
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Follow @GMWRAGtweets