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National Deafblind Charity, Sense, Responds To Channel 4 Dispatches Programme- The Great Benefits Row

April 12, 2016

A press release:


(12 April 2016 – London, UK) – Sense has responded to the Channel 4 programme ‘Dispatches’ that aired last night,  investigating the planned changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) which in two years will disappear to be replaced by the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The programme revealed the PIP system being abused and private contract ‘assessors’ acting unprofessionally and making disparaging remarks about claimants.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of Sense, said:

“We’re deeply concerned by what we have seen in tonight’s episode of Dispatches. The sight of “fitness for work” assessors ridiculing claimants will cause distress for disabled people that already fear the assessments are geared towards saving money, rather than ensuring they receive sufficient benefit to live their lives.

The Government must focus its efforts on improving the life chances for disabled people and making a long term commitment to protecting the dignity and independence of some of the most vulnerable people in this country.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2016 11:10 am

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    Well done Dispatches for airing this. Personally I don’t think anything will change really, certainly not on the governments side anyway, but hopefully the assessors themselves might think twice before spouting off.

  2. April 12, 2016 11:54 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. April 12, 2016 12:04 pm

    it has been going on for years and is the tip of the iceberg
    Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of Sense should have known this but like all CEO that i have ever met they know nothing

  4. teresa harris permalink
    April 12, 2016 12:16 pm

    how can we stop this

  5. Justin Greenwood permalink
    April 12, 2016 12:23 pm

    the documentary yesterday did not surprise me, the fact that they are still carrying out bad practice does, this individual needs to be reported to his governing body for professional misconduct a sit is evident that he is unfit for purpose as is his line manager, quite clearly there is a issue with the company doing a underlying mh assessment that is also not fit for purpose and that is also a dwp issue, the whole policy needs revamping,they need outside assessors such as service users to ensure that there staff are working to correct standards with powers to report them for misconduct bypassing internal disciplinary procedures and safeguarding vunerable adults


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