Benefit Assessment Companies ‘Have Made Almost No Progress’ On Safeguarding



By John Pring in Disability News Service.


The three companies that carry out disability benefit assessments for the government have made almost no progress in the last year on alerting local authorities to concerns about claimants whose safety is at risk, according to a disabled campaigner.

Last year, freedom of information responses from more than a third of councils across England, Scotland and Wales showed that Atos, Capita and Maximus had made just four safeguarding referrals to those local authorities over the previous three years.

Now a fresh series of freedom of information requests has shown the three outsourcing giants appear to have taken barely any notice of those concerns.

Maximus healthcare professionals assess eligibility for employment and support allowance, while Capita and Atos carry out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments, and all of them carry out hundreds of thousands of face-to-face assessments every year.


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