By Jen Mills in METRO.
Confidence in the application process for the main disability benefit is so low that every interview should be recorded, MPs said in a damning report. They said there was a ‘pervasive lack of trust’ among disabled people who applied for PIP (Personal Independence Payment). Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal – a total of 6% of all those assessed.
One claimant was said in her assessment report to walk her dog, despite not owning one and being barely able to walk at all. Another, who remained in bed throughout her interview at home, was reported to have risen from a chair ‘without any difficulty’ even though the only chair in the room was the one the assessor was sitting in.
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