By John Pring in Disability News Service.
Thousands of disabled people could have had their benefit claims stopped unlawfully, campaigners believe, after a judge found that letters sent out by government contractors were failing to stress the serious consequences of failing to attend a face-to-face assessment.
Upper tribunal judge Nicholas Wikeley said he believed that letters sent out to claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) by the government contractor Atos* did not make a “clear and unambiguous” statement that the disabled person must attend the assessment.
Instead, the letters said that “it is important that you attend this appointment” and that failing to do so without a good reason was “likely” to lead to the claim being disallowed.
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