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Almost Impossible To Get A Fair Pip Assessment

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  From The Guardian.   Ann Moore says the ‘health professionals’ often have little or no expertise in the medical condition or disability being assessed. Plus letters from Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty, and from disabled war pensioner Mo Stewart. I fully empathise and sympathise with the article about Andrew McDonald (Top former civil servant lambasts ‘hostile’ disability […]

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 […]

Victories For People Appealing For Disability Benefit Reach Their Highest Rate Ever

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    From Disabled Go News.   The victory rate for people appealing for disability benefit has reached its highest ever. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments have been branded a “total failure” as 69% of people appealing them at a tribunal now win their case. That is the highest percentage success rate ever recorded since […]

9 Shocking Errors Made In Assessments For PIP And ESA By Capita, Atos And Maximus

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  From Disabled Go News.   The Work and Pensions Select Committee received nearly 4,000 submissions – the most by a select committee inquiry – after calling for evidence on the assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The MPs said: “We were so impressed and moved by the response […]

Government spending on private firms carrying out ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments soared by £40m in a year

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  By Samuel Osborne  in The Independent.   Private firms carrying out controversial disability assessments have received a £40m increase in funding despite widespread concerns with the system, it can be revealed. A freedom of information request by The Independent found the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) paid Independent Assessment Services (formerly known as Atos) and Capita nearly […]

What Is The PIP Review ? How ‘Austerity’ Measure Backfired And Could Cost Government £3 Billion

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  By Steven Hopkins in HUFFPOST.   The Government has pledged to review all 1.6 million disability benefit claims after deciding not to fight a High Court ruling on personal independence payment (PIP) that a judge called “blatantly discriminatory”. The court ruling in December, ministers previously said, could see 220,000 PIP claimants awarded higher payments. Earlier […]

Government’s New Benefit System Wrongly Denies Disabled People Support At Higher Rate Than Ever

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  By May Bulman  in The Independent.   Successful appeals brought against DWP by disabled people denied PIP benefits are higher than ever, with 68 per cent of appeal hearings found in favour of the claimant. The Government’s new benefit system is wrongly denying disabled people financial support at a higher rate than ever, new figures show. Decisions by the Department of Work […]

Claiming PIP And ESA: “Horrific And Inhumane”

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  Author: Liam.Evans@turn2us.org.uk   The inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) has revealed testimonies of despair.   A Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people despondent with the system. The inquiry into PIP and ESA has revealed countless experiences of severely disabled […]

PIP: The Disability Benefit That Almost Killed My Wife

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    By Adam Jacques in The Guardian.   My wife tried to kill herself in March. She took an overdose – while I was watching TV in the next room. Cue, in short succession: 30 minutes of heart-stopping panic, a nerve-jangling ambulance trip to A&E, an admission to a secure mental health unit, and […]

The Staggering Rise In PIP Complaints Shows There’s Rot In The System

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   What happens when the system designed to help you is actually hurting you? This is the question I keep coming back to as I look at the newly released evidence of widespread failings in the disability benefit system. Complaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by […]

My PIP Diary – With A Whimper Not A Bang !

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  By Mik Scarlet in The Huffington Post.   f you’ve been following My PIP Diary I’m glad to say it’s reached the end. Will this be a thrilling story of battle, with one side or the other being triumphant? Will there be tales of daring do, and unfettered excitement? Er, no. In fact, it ends with […]

Qualifying For A Blue Badge With Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

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  By: Helen Dolphin in www.motability.co.uk   The eligibility criteria for a parking permit from the Blue Badge scheme has changed in line with recent changes to mobility allowances in the UK; Independent mobility consultant Helen Dolphin MBE explains all: In the past, meeting the requirements to join the Motability Scheme and automatically qualifying for […]

Advisor Says 30 Local Claimants With Terminal Cancer Had PIP Rejections Overturned

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A welfare rights advisor has described how at least 30 local benefit claimants with terminal cancer have had their claims rejected in the last year, with every one of the decisions later overturned by an appeal tribunal. In every case, the claimant has been terminally-ill […]

Are PIP And ESA Assessments Working Well ?

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    From www.parliament.uk.   The Work and Pensions Committee launches a new inquiry on how the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are handled by Department for Work and Pensions contractors ATOS, Capita and Maximus, and how the application, assessment and appeals processes for these two benefits are working. Disparity between […]

Disgraced PIP Assessor Escapes Being Struck Off

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disgraced former disability assessor and paramedic has avoided being struck off, despite a tribunal concluding that he made offensive remarks about disabled benefit claimants. Alan Barham was sacked by the government outsourcing giant Capita last year after being exposed by an undercover reporter working for […]

PIP: The Truth Is Out

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  By Mik Scarlet in HUFFPOST.   On April 2013 the government introduced the Personal Independence Payment, a new so called “disability benefit” which would replace Disability Living Allowance. DLA itself was introduced in 1992, when the existing Mobility Allowance, which helped disabled people with the financial cost of getting around, and Attendance Allowance, designed to […]

My PIP Diary Part Four – The Stacked Deck

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  By Mik Scarlet in The Huffington Post.   I called the first entry in my PIP diary The Saga Begins. I had no idea how prophetic that would be. What I expected to be a fairly straight forward enterprise has turned into a nightmare. Surely as someone with a fairly static impairment that will never […]

PIPs Disability Benefit Test ‘Traumatic And Intrusive’

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  From Disabled Go News.   A test for a disability benefit is “traumatic” for applicants and needs to change, according to former work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb. Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) help disabled people live an independent life. But the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said applicants for PIPs found the test “very intrusive”. The […]

Stephen Crabb Reaffirms No PIP Cuts

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  From Disability Rights UK.   Over seventy observers, MPs and peers heard the Secretary of State at DWP Stephen Crabb repeat his commitment that the planned saving in personal independence payment would not be sought from cuts in welfare payments elsewhere affecting more disabled people. He outlined his plans for a green paper to […]

PIP Is A Disaster For Disabled People – At Last The Full Horror Is Emerging

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.       When does reform become dangerous? Over three years ago the Conservatives began to roll out personal independence payments (PIP) – in essence, the mandatory, mass re-testing of disabled and chronically ill people – and the answer is getting stark. A report released today by Muscular […]

Disabled Man Left Housebound By Mobility Cut

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  By Mike Laycock in The Press. A disabled York man with an agonising back condition says he is housebound after officials decided he should lose his mobility car. Former plasterer Chris Paylor, 37, of Poplar Street, off Poppleton Road, said he had had a Motability car for four years after doctors discovered he had […]

Newcastle MP Tackles Prime Minister On Motability Cuts

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  By Catherine McKinnell.   Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has today tackled the Prime Minister about the number of disabled people losing their independence as a result of the Government’s benefit changes since 2013. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, Catherine raised the case of her constituent, William Bradney, who has recently […]

Disabled People Accused Of Using Aids They Don’t Need

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By Frances Ryan in The Guardian. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) knows a good day to bury bad news. Veiled under the New Year holiday – in a consultation set to close next week – the government is quietly examining how to cut eligibility for its disability benefit, personal independence payment (PIP), which […]

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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