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Reader’s Email: Bristol CAB Researching People Being Sent Out-Of-Area For PIP Assessments

January 21, 2016

An email we received yesterday from reader Emily Hallett:


I volunteer with Bristol Citizen’s Advice in the research and campaigns department, and we’re currently looking at the problem of people being sent out-of-area for PIP assessments. At the moment I’m trying to get as many cases as possible so we have an idea of numbers and the places people are getting sent to. At the moment we’re hoping to write to Bristol MPs about the problem but we’ve also had some conversations with the DWP in Bristol as well.

I’m looking for:

* People who live in Bristol and who expected to have a PIP assessment with ATOS in Bristol, but who have been sent to other places (so far it’s been places like Taunton, Wells, Weston, Gloucester, Swindon etc.etc).
* People who have managed to get an appointment for a PIP assessment in Bristol within the last 6 months or so, either because they asked for an out-of-area one to be moved or because they were offered Bristol for their assessment.

All I need is for you to send me a quick message saying what happened. All your info will be confidential as we’re mostly just looking to work out numbers at this point. Also as we’re Bristol Citizen’s Advice you need to be Bristol-based.

Anyone who is willing to share their info can either comment on the blog post, or email me on

Thank you!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2016 6:41 am

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  2. Sam permalink
    February 2, 2016 9:30 am

    I had to travel to Swindon to have my pip assessment, which I was given 0 points despite being under heavy meds to prevent suicide until appropriate therapy can be found! Now mt neighbour has an appointment at 09:30 in Weston on Friday, can she cancel?

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