Have you been affected by any of these?
- Poor administration by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus with regards to applications for benefits (e.g. ESA, DLA, PIP, JSA). This includes paperwork going missing, dealing with multiple ESA officers, denials that paperwork has been received, etc.
- Medical evidence from GPs: Doctors charging for letters to ATOS; letters not containing sufficient information.
- Tax Credits and undisclosed partners – tax credits being reduced because claimants are unable to obtain evidence from ex-partners with whom they no longer live.
- Homelessness: the is an ongoing problem of a lack of single person/young family accommodation in Keswick and other rural places.
- Ways to Welfare: what’s your experience of the local welfare assistance service?
If so, get in touch with your local CAB.
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