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Veterans ‘facing unnecessary benefits assessments’

October 29, 2018

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Lee Jones
Image captionLee Jones said he feared the medical assessments could trigger flashbacks

Welsh veterans are facing “unnecessary” face-to-face medical assessments to access benefits, a Labour MP has said. The meetings decide whether claimants should get money, such as personal independence payments, or not.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it “deeply values” the welfare of serving personnel and veterans.But critics argue the tests could cause problems for veterans, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds believes the assessments are putting “unnecessary pressure” on former soldiers.

Huw Irranca-Davies
Image captionNick Thomas-Symonds said too many armed forces veterans are subjected to “unnecessary face-to-face” assessments

The Labour MP told BBC…

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  1. Lesslie permalink
    October 29, 2018 10:53 am

    Agree with GN Whilst seeing the need to be assessed fairly once, those of us whether veterans or not who will never or unlikely to improve should not live in fear that any personal independence they have will be lost due to lies by assessment staff who seem to be on a bonus to fail us with fiction. With frequent reassessments I live in dread and fear of more months of uncertainty whether PIP will be reduced or stopped. They are welcome to live with my impairments.

  2. October 29, 2018 11:31 am

    Well aren’t those Labour and BBC hot air blowers full of s**t….

    Here is the medical ‘science’ that DWP WCA criminal quacks are SUPPOSED to be using to ‘assess’ PTSD –

    “The slow recovery times show that, for purposes of disability assessment,
    ***two-year reassessments***, up to a ***6-year maximum***, are indicated.”

    From here –

    Here is how those criminals actually behave –



    Any mention in that bit of Fake News that the BBC EMPLOYS ATOS AND CAPITA?

    Previously –

    “In 2011, Capita won the contract to administer the BBC’s TV Licensing function for 8 years.”

    Any mention in that bit of Fake News that Labour EMPLOYS ATOS AND CAPITA?

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