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DWP Quietly Hands Private Firms £600m Extra To Test Disabled People For Benefits

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   EXCLUSIVE: Atos and Maximus had their PIP and ESA contracts extended for the second time despite accusations they’re running a “failing” welfare system. Now the eye-watering cost to taxpayers can be revealed. Tory ministers are quietly handing private firms an extra £630 million to test sick and […]

DWP Figures Provide Fresh Evidence To Explain PIP Claim Rejections

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   New figures show that Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants are questioning only a tiny proportion of the benefit assessment reports written by discredited government contractors Atos and Capita. Campaigners have been trying for months to secure evidence that would explain why such a […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints

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From Disabled Go News.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way regulators deal with complaints about […]

Atos And Capita Win PIP Contract Extension ‘Because DWP Is Chained To A Corpse’

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From Disabled Go News.   The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”. The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government. Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that […]

Atos Nurse Continues PIP Assessment While Claimant Has ‘Grand Mal’ Epilepsy Seizures

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A nurse carrying out a disability benefit assessment fired questions at a disabled man’s wife while her husband was in the middle of a severe and prolonged series of epileptic seizures just a few feet away. Daniel Marshall, from Dorset, had only been able to answer […]

PIP Assessment Lies And Distortions Exposed By Double Apology To Claimant

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled teacher has told how a government contractor apologised to him for a dishonest benefit assessment, and then had to apologise again after it ordered a replacement assessment which was even worse. He says his experience is a damning indictment of the assessment process […]

Scotland Bans Private Firms From Doing Benefit Assessments

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  By Chris Green in iNews.   Private firms will be banned from carrying out benefit assessments for Scotland’s new social security agency under plans to create a more compassionate system, ministers have announced. The new agency will be responsible for administering social security payments worth around £2.8bn a year after the relevant powers are […]

ATOS Healthcare Nurse Lied About PIP Assessment

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  A nurse working for the controversial outsourcing company Atos Healthcare repeatedly lied about a disabled man he was assessing for the government’s new disability benefit, it has been claimed. The Atos assessor stated in his report that claimant Colin Stupples-Whyley had attended the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment alone, even though his partner David* […]

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