Questions on WRAG, WFI and sanctions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I have a few questions I want to ask, mainly to do with my situation.

I need some information on the purpose of the disability advisor when in WRAG, because this is the reply to questions that have been asked at the WFI and this was their reply:

Do you find me a job? NO, that is your responsibility.

Do you help to find disability "friendly" employers? NO, that is your responsibility.

Do you provide a list of suitable "work from home" employers NO, that is your responsibility.

Do you provide opportunities to retrain in a job suitable for my disability? NO, that is your responsibility.

So my questions are:

1)What is the purpose of WRAG and the WFI when it’s your own responsibility to find a job?

2)With austerity biting everywhere, why employ these “disability advisors” at JCP, when it’s the responsibility of the disabled person to find a job?

3)How many jobs are advertised in the JCP for disabled people? As I never see any advertised.

4)Why are so many disabled people being coerced into self-employment? Because there are no jobs for them.

5)The welfare reform 2012 claims and I quote from their web site ‘protecting the most vulnerable in our society’ who are the most vulnerable? When:

(i)Disabled people with the most horrific physical and or mental disabilities are found “fit” for work.
(ii)People that appeal against decisions are left waiting for money for weeks driving some people to suicide.
(iii)Children whose parents have been sanctioned for no reason of their own on JSA suffer terribly without food and heat for the home, forcing people out of sheer desperation into begging and or crime.
(iv)The most vulnerable people on JSA i.e. ill-educated, mentally ill, etc. are the most targeted for unwarranted sanctions.
(v)People are getting into terrible debts (necessary debts i.e. energy and water bills), because of unwarranted sanctions and appeals.

6)If you cannot pay your council tax (or any other similar bill you legally have to pay) because you’re sanctioned or withheld money because of an appeal are you liable for the court case and costs when you have zero income?

7)If someone – out of sheer desperation – steals something (i.e. food) whilst on sanction or appeal, how culpable is he by law? When the human rights act article 25 states: (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

8)When claimants are responsible for paying the rent to their respective landlords, how will this be possible when people on sanction or appeal have no money? Are they not going to get into rent arrears through no fault of their own?
9)How long can the DWP keep a claimant i.e first time claim, on unwarranted sanction or appeal, etc. without money?

Yours faithfully,

C Robinson

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Dear DWP OPD COO FOI Requests,
Please can you answer all the questions I asked?
you want clarification on this question:

The welfare reform 2012 claims and I quote from their web site ‘protecting the most
vulnerable in our society’ who are the most vulnerable? When:

I. Disabled people with the most horrific physical and or mental disabilities are found
“fit” for work.
II. People that appeal against decisions are left waiting for money for weeks driving
some people to suicide.
III. Children whose parents have been sanctioned for no reason of their own on JSA
suffer terribly without food and heat for the home, forcing people out of sheer
desperation into begging and or crime.
IV. The most vulnerable people on JSA i.e. ill-educated, mentally ill, etc. are the most
targeted for unwarranted sanctions. V. People are getting into terrible debts (necessary debts i.e. energy and water bills),
because of unwarranted sanctions and appeals.

It is not clear what you are asking here so we are unable to provide a response.

If you cannot pay your council tax (or any other similar bill you legally have to pay)
because you’re sanctioned or withheld money because of an appeal are you liable for
the court case and costs when you have zero income?

THIS IS MY QUESTION: ON THIS WEB SITE
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/s...
YOU CLAIM AND I QUOTE FROM YOUR WEB SITE: "YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE MOST VULNERABLE" WHO FITS YOUR CRITERIA OF VULNERABLE? (see above question) no one I can see is vulnerable! please tell me who is?
Also please answer the last question, people need to know the answers to these questions

Yours sincerely,

C Robinson

DWP OPD COO FOI Requests, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear C Robinson
 
Please find attached the reply to your recent Freedom of Information
request reference number 372 which we received on 23 April 2013:
 
 
 
Thank you
 
DWP Freedom of Information Team
 
 
 
 

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