Here’s an update from the DWP on their policy change with regards to the rights of migrants to claim benefits in the UK:
Restricting Migrants’ Access to Benefits
Towards the end of 2014, it was agreed to roll out GPoW (Genuine Prospects of Work) assessments to all remaining claims from unemployed EEA nations who have yet to have their right to reside reviewed. This means that from 9 February 2015, existing JSA(IB) claims made before 1 January 2014, from an EEA national, will be given three months notice that they will be subject to a GPoW assessment. The first assessments and interviews will take place from May 2015.
Claimants will be notified by letter that in three months time they will be subject to a GPoW interview and assessment.
Support for Vulnerable Customers
DWP has considered impacts for potentially vulnerable claimants when implementing these changes. DWP staff are given training on how to identify vulnerable people and how they can best support their needs. DWP Decision Makers complete specialist training and are provided with all the necessary guidance to carry out this role. They can also draw on specialised support where needed.
As with all areas of DWP business, it is not always possible to tell when someone is potentially vulnerable. So, if there are any aspects of a person’s circumstances that they would like DWP to be aware of or if there are reasonable measures that staff could take to support them; the claimant should let DWP staff know at the point of contact.
Further information is available on www.gov.uk
If you’re affected by this change in policy, get in touch with your local bureau (see top blog post on how to do this) and let them know you wish to give evidence on how it’s impacted you.
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