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 benefits system, 6 October) and recognise the scenario all too well. It is almost impossible to get a fair and accurate personal independence payment (Pip) assessment under the current system.
I volunteer as an advocate for people on the autistic spectrum, helping them with their employment and support allowance (ESA) and Pip applications, writing mandatory reconsiderations and attending tribunals. The whole assessment procedure is indeed “a hostile environment” and “crude and unprofessional”.
The process is demeaning, dehumanising, grossly unfair, flawed and uncaring. Plus, it is a serious waste of public money.
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