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Mike Penning Confirms That Travel Costs Will Be Paid For PIP Assessments

November 14, 2013

From Disability Rights UK.

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the costs of assessing transport to personal independence payment assessment centres are borne by Atos under their contractor or paid separately by his Department. [174788]

Mike Penning: Personal independence payment (PIP) assessment providers are required to pay claimants’ travelling expenses in line with guidance issued by the Department. These costs are not passed through to the Department directly.

The Department pays an output fee per assessment and the assessment providers were required to offer output fees which reflected all of their costs when they bid for the contracts at the tender stage.

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances those attending personal independence payment centres have their transport costs paid. [174789]

Mike Penning: Where it is necessary for a claimant to travel to a face-to-face consultation, they are able to claim travel expenses for themselves and a companion or carer, or young children who would otherwise be left unattended.

Payments are made for public transport fares, travel by private motor vehicle and in some circumstances, where prior approval has been given by the assessment provider, taxi fares. Payments relating to other costs related to the journey such as parking, tolls or congestion charges can also be met.

The assessment providers are required to reimburse these expenses within 14 calendar days of the claim.


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  1. November 14, 2013 1:42 am

    Yeah right!!! Who do they think they’re talking to? We really are not ‘toddlers throwing our toys out of the pram’… We are human beings with very real worries that we’re going to get shafted some more in order to ‘scrounge’ the money the LAW says is the MINIMUM we need to live on!!! TWITS!!!

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