As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley Gazette on 15th August 2017. Stephanie is calling for answers from the Government after revealing shocking figures that show two-thirds of Barnsley residents who applied for social security were initially refused government support, only to be found entitled on appeal.
Stephanie forced Ministers to admit the figures through a written Parliamentary question.
According to the Government, 68% of Barnsley residents who appealed their rejection to Employment and Support Allowance in the last 12 months were found to be entitled to the payment.
Similarly, 63% of those who appealed against rejections for PIP were also found to be eligible, with the ruling eventually overturned.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“Basic support in work or at home is vital to so many local people who are unfortunate enough to have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
“But this shocking admission from the ministers shows just how callously they have been treated by the Tory government. Being unfairly refused that support will have had a terrible impact on many people’s lives.
“The shocking number of overturned decisions shows that the government’s priority is anything other than helping those in need. When they are getting more than two out of three decisions wrong, it is clear that the system isn’t working.
“These figures are unacceptable, and I will be demanding answers as to why so many people in Barnsley are wrongly denied the crucial help they are entitled to.”