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
PIP and DLA Mandatory Reconsideration Letter Tools:
Advicenow has two tools to help you ask for a reconsideration of your PIP or DLA decision.
The Government has rejected its independent PIP reviewer’s recommendation that PIP claimants to receive their assessment report at the same time as they receive their decision letter.
DR UK’s Welfare Rights Adviser Ken Butler said, “In our response to Paul Gray’s second PIP review we recommended that the DWP should provide a copy of the Healthcare Professional (HCP) report with all decisions made. Read more
WE AGREE, thanks Ken Butler for responding!
DR UK welcomes Scotland’s decision to ban private firms from doing disability benefit assessments: Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Rights Adviser said “Both ESA and PIP are failing those disabled people who are wrongly being refused entitlement to it. There are several reasons for this…..But the origin of all these problems lies with the adequacy and accuracy of the Atos, Capita and Maximus assessments.” Read more
The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Submissions are due by 10 November 2017. Find out more
The reasonable wishes of a claimant to walk further or more frequently must be considered in a PIP assessment: A new legal judgment established that the PIP mobility component should not be based on a supposed “objective test” of how far a disabled person of how often they need to “move around”. Read more
Ken Butler, DR UK’s Welfare Benefit Adviser said “That the DWP has an actual target for refusing benefit decision reconsideration requests is bad enough, but that it has set and exceeded a figure of 80% is appalling.” [Note there are no actual KPI targets for PIP, as yet, but refusals of PIP reconsiderations are high]. Read more
The Government has announced that disabled people who are turned down for the enhanced mobility rate of Personal Independence Payment and lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme will be able to keep their cars for longer. DR UK is concerned that these changes won’t help disabled people who have long waiting times for appeals in their local area. Read more