MSPs barred from talking to DWP on benefit cases

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MSPs barred from talking to DWP on benefit cases

Post by Non Deficere on Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:05 pm

Britain’s welfare agency has been accused of treating MSPs like second-class citizens after it blocked them from discussing constituents’ complaints.

Linda Fabiani, of the SNP, said the Department for Work and Pensions had changed its rules so that members of the Scottish parliament were unable to talk directly about cases with the job centre complaints resolution team.

The change does not apply to Westminster politicians, where MPs are allowed to raise concerns as normal. However, Holyrood politicians have been told that they must put their concerns in writing and wait for a reply if they needed to deal with problems about benefits such as the employment support allowance, jobseeker’s allowance or universal credit.

Ms Fabiani said: “While it is astonishing that the DWP should treat…
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