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Work And Pensions Committee Hears From Specialist Disability Groups On The PIP And ESA Assessments

December 11, 2017

A press release:

One of the big concerns the Committee has heard about DWP’s contracted PIP and ESA assessors is how their staff are qualified to assess the impact of multiple, serious and complex physical and mental health conditions on people’s lives, and how those conditions can affect the assessment process itself. Mencap’s evidence to this inquiry includes instances like a claimant being asked what medication he was on for Down’s Syndrome and learning disability – displaying deep ignorance of the condition, its effects and how it is dealt with.

In the video above from our in evidence this week, Committee Member Alex Burghart asks what specialist measures these companies have in place when they are working with someone with a serious mental health condition like schizophrenia: the answer was, effectively, none. All three companies insisted that no specialist medical knowledge is required to perform the “functional” assessments they carry out.

On Monday at 15:45 in Wilson Room we’re asking the specialist disability advocacy groups asking Scope, Sense, the Disability Benefits Consortium,  Citizen’s Advice and Mencap if they agree. You can also watch online. /ENDS

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2017 4:56 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. jeffrey davies permalink
    December 11, 2017 7:20 am

    while yet more talks on esa pip goes more to feel the aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado

  3. December 11, 2017 4:13 pm

    >”we’re asking the specialist disability advocacy groups…”

    Who is the “we” in this story?

    How about asking Citizen’s Advice if they have heard of the Bribery Act?

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/614524/dwp-payments-over-25000-for-april-2017.csv
    – “CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU,1009567, “£2,066,173” , GRANT”

    And my local one – Who are also Bribed directly by the DWP –
    https://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends94/0001089294_AC_20160331_E_C.pdf

    The Bribery Act 2010 (up to 10 years in Prison) –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/23/contents

    Perverting The Course of Justice (up to Life in Prison) –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/public_justice_offences_incorporating_the_charging_standard/

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