Coronavirus: Government’s Failure To Offer Video PIP Appeals ‘Is Discrimination’



By John Pring in Disability News Service.


The government’s continuing failure to allow benefit appeals to be heard via video conferencing is discriminating against disabled claimants, say welfare rights experts.

Many disabled people are being forced to ask for their tribunals to be postponed, because they are only being offered a telephone hearing, says one disabled people’s organisation.

The tribunal system is not currently running face-to-face hearings because of the pandemic crisis, with judges instead deciding cases on documents alone or by holding a telephone hearing.

Concerns about the temporary system that is replacing face-to-face hearings have been raised by Disability Cambridgeshire, a user-led organisation which provides advice and information to disabled people.


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