Government rejects default sending of ESA and PIP medical reports

Commenting on the government’s response to the select committee report on disability benefit assessments, Philip Connolly, Policy Manager at Disability Rights UK said that sending reports would have helped disabled people understand more in relation to their benefit claims and that the Government should consider the option of returning the assessment process in house (Scotland intends to allow claimants to opt out of private assessors).

PIP and ESA are not well-designed benefits, and fail to meet the needs of many disabled people.

Changes to the assessment process for the better are welcome, but there are wider issues which need to be addressed. Read more

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