In the Media

Neil in Southwark Business Today in February

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"Mr Coyle has highlighted tens of thousands of people who were denied benefits under the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) internal appeals system".

Fewer than a fifth of people who went through a so-called ‘Mandatory Reconsideration’ (MR) got PIP back.

That compares to a success rate of almost two-thirds of people who pressed on to an independent tribunal.

Yet all claimants are forced to go through the MR process before they can reach a tribunal.

Labour MP Neil Coyle, who has branded the MR system a “complete fraud”, estimates MRs had wrongly denied benefits to around 83,000 people on PIP and sickness benefit ESA.

There was also humiliation for the government after it dropped a "target" for 80% of internal appeals to fail.

Mr Coyle asked in the House of Commons: "When will the DWP be contacting the 83,000 disabled people also potentially wrongly denied help under this equally dodgy practice?”

Ms McVey replied: "We will do everything systematically and coherently, and anybody who is affected by any incorrect decision we will get to as soon as possible.”

Mr Coyle has now written to the Tory welfare chief urging her to find and contact the 83,000 people he refers to.

He wrote: "I hope you will stick to your answer and ensure the department also now identifies and contacts the disabled people directly affected.

"I would be very grateful if you and officials would meet with disabled people's organisations to outline how best to identify the 83,000 disabled people and ensure no further delay in providing their much-needed support."

 

You can read the full article on the Mirror website

 

Neil urges DWP Minister to restore 83,000 disabled people's benefits after incorrect decisions

  "Mr Coyle has highlighted tens of thousands of people who were denied benefits under the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) internal appeals system". Fewer than a fifth of...

Bermondsey Care for the Elderly

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Neil: “I will be working right up until Christmas, with surgery in my Jamaica Road office at 4pm on the 22nd as usual. I will also be volunteering on the big day again- as well as trying to make it extra special for my daughter Esme”.

“Sadly, there are too many people who will be unable to enjoy Christmas properly this year. Homelessness continues to rise, foodbank use is still rocketing after years of Coalition Bedroom Tax and Universal Credit and there are too many old people isolated”.

Neil's View from Westminster

  Neil: “I will be working right up until Christmas, with surgery in my Jamaica Road office at 4pm on the 22nd as usual. I will also be volunteering on...

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Neil: “On 3rd June, three murderous cowards attacked London Bridge and Borough Market in my constituency. They deliberately drove a van at people into people in this vibrant, cosmopolitan are before indiscriminately attacking innocent people with knives. They murdered eight and injured many more.”

“…The ramifications for businesses were severe. The police cordon remained in place for ten days: forcing all businesses within it to shut. The result were a loss of trade, stock, contracts to supply restaurants and hotels in some cases, and bookings. Borough Market estimate their collective loss is almost £2 million.”

Read more on this on the Politics Home website here

Neil: Government risks terrorists winning when it comes to business protection

      Neil: “On 3rd June, three murderous cowards attacked London Bridge and Borough Market in my constituency. They deliberately drove a van at people into people in this...

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Neil: “Instead of fixing the system, the Government has forced 2.6 million people through this broken test – wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money,” says Labour MP Neil Coyle, a committee member.

“This is unacceptable. On top of assessment costs, DWP is forced to spend £45million to hear appeals of poor PIP decisions, and the department has also now appointed 150 ‘Presenting Officers’ to attend appeals at a multi-million pound cost to the taxpayer.

“Everyone going for an assessment will need to see a GP and possibly hospital consultants, stretching the NHS when it is struggling.

“This torture must end.”

You can read the full article on the Daily Mirror website here

Neil: DWP forced to spend £45million to hear appeals of poor PIP decisions

Neil: “Instead of fixing the system, the Government has forced 2.6 million people through this broken test – wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money,” says Labour MP Neil Coyle,...

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Neil: "I remain opposed to leaving full stop and we should all be aware that votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill and its inherent
self-harm will be scrutinised heavily in the months and years to come, for who stood up to Brexit’s worst extremes and those who stood by and allowed our country to be so shamefully downgraded".

You can read the full article on the New European website here

Neil: 'This pantomime parliament is turning tragic'

  Neil: "I remain opposed to leaving full stop and we should all be aware that votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill and its inherent self-harm will be scrutinised heavily...

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Neil: "I was proud to attend and lay wreaths on behalf of everyone in Bermondsey and Old Southwark at a number of services, including: at City Hall; on West Lane; at the memorial to the Queen’s Regiment on Old Jamaica Road; at the St Saviour’s memorial on Borough High Street; and at the Imperial War Museum".

"I joined the excellent local poppy sellers at their Bermondsey station stall last week where I was honoured to meet Joseph Eagle who is 96 and grew up (and still lives) in Bermondsey. Joseph joined the RAF aged just 18 in 1939, and fought for our country throughout World War II. He and all the Bermondsey poppy sellers raised good sums for the British Legion and I thank everyone for their generosity".

 You can read the full article on the Southwark News website, here

Neil's View from Westminster: 'I'd like to thank everyone who participated in weekend of Remembrance'

  Neil: "I was proud to attend and lay wreaths on behalf of everyone in Bermondsey and Old Southwark at a number of services, including: at City Hall; on West...

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Neil asks the Home Office "to introduce provisions for bringing prosecutions against urban climbers and base jumpers who access tall buildings and major tourist attractions".

You can read the full story on the SE1 website here

Neil asks Home Office to change the law on urban climbing and base jumping

Neil asks the Home Office "to introduce provisions for bringing prosecutions against urban climbers and base jumpers who access tall buildings and major tourist attractions". You can read the full story...

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Neil: "Ministers need to make sure vulnerable people are protected. We need to find ways of reassuring landlords whilst also supporting homeless people to find and sustain a tenancy. The DWP “alternative payment agreements” are clearly failing and the government is reluctant to use them further." 

"That’s where “help to rent” projects might work better. Such projects support tenants to overcome the financial obstacles that so often trap people in homelessness, such as the need for a deposit and rent upfront. At the same time, they alleviate landlords’ concerns by providing pre-tenancy training for tenants, ongoing residents’ support and a suite of services for landlords."

You can read the full article on the LabourList website here

Neil: Universal credit chaos shows why Britain needs a 'help to rent' project

  Neil: "Ministers need to make sure vulnerable people are protected. We need to find ways of reassuring landlords whilst also supporting homeless people to find and sustain a tenancy. The...

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