Recently I highlighted on Facebook the issue concerning a semi unofficial Department in the DWP, so unofficial that the supervisor for the chap that covers my area is based in Devon and he is based upstairs in the Job Centre Plus in High Wycombe.
So what is this mystery Department and what is their purpose, well the first part is easy, they are the Performance Measurement Team. The latter however is a little more difficult to explain as even Mr Alisdair MacNab (the chap who covers my area) does not seem to fully understand his remit.
It suffice to say that basically they are the boot boys for the DWP, they exist within no legal framework and their only remit seems to be that of intimidating anybody who dares to claim the Welfare benefits that the law says their entitled to.
As you can see from the first letter, they use rather interesting wording.
Which is DWP speak for, we are going to go through your records with a fine tooth comb to see if you are defrauding the state.
Now this is where it gets interesting, as many of you know due to the DWP illegally removing my award of Incapacity Benefit paid as income support, back in March of this year, I have for the purposes of Housing Benefit been classed as Nil Income. Although in reality I do still get just over £80 a month Low Rate Care from Disability Living Allowance.
So this put me in a rather unique position of being able to point out that the law states that in such circumstance all I can receive is the maximum awardof Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and that is precisely what I am receiving.
To which Mr MacNab reeled off a long scripted response, although he did start to become a little irate when I just repeated the same thing again.
I then went on to Challenge him about the purpose of the Performance Measurement team, questioning him under what remit of law was he entitled to have access to information, given that all the required information had been supplied as the basis of the claim, and that I am bound by law to notify of any changes.
So unless my spine and my wrist have miraculously cured themselves since March, it safe to say I am not actually doing anything for gainful income, therefore I actually have nothing more declare.
Now obviously if Mr MacNab could show me a point in law that required me to reshow exactly the same information as is already on file, then I would comply.
Obviously he could not.
I then proceeded to go on and basically tear him a new one. Reminding him that I know exactly why I have been so called ‘randomly’ picked for this intimidation.
There is nothing random about it all, very soon I will be appearing before an appeal Tribunal. In which I will be challenging very specific points of law that may well see the downfall of the Welfare Reforms.
So I wonder why the Department of Work and Pensions would suddenly want to audit my Housing Benefit Claim (LHA) ?
He became very silent for a while, then kept tripping up on his words (as you would expect from somebody who has just been found out).
He then referred me to his Supervisor. In Devon!
As you can see it “In view of this we have decided to abandon the Review”
Very interesting that 🙂
— 13thHouR (@rforceorg) October 8, 2013
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