Scotland bans private firms from doing disability benefit assessments

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


Are PIP and ESA Assessments working well?

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

DWP has 80% targets for refusing benefit reconsiderations as a Key Performance indicator

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

Changes to PIP and Motability users

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

PIP second independent review published

Via Disability Rights UK news

We welcome some of the recommendations of the review but its terms of reference mean it hasn’t tackled some of the most fundamental problems with PIP; and some of its conclusions ‎may not help. For example, the review fails to acknowledge the widespread criticism of the PIP descriptors themselves by calling for a further urgent review of them and the damaging impacts the reduction and loss of benefit is having on disabled people. Read more ‘

PIP Personal Independence Payment

via Disability Rights UK news

Why restrictions on Personal Independence Payment should not go ahead: In her latest blog, DR UK CEO Liz Sayce says that proposed changes to PIP are bad news for disabled people, both because of the financial cost and the knock-on effects on other outcomes that the Government is explicitly aiming to address. Read her blog and find out more about PIP changes