ATOS Assessments

Benefit Assessment Companies ‘Have Made Almost No Progress’ On Safeguarding

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The three companies that carry out disability benefit assessments for the government have made almost no progress in the last year on alerting local authorities to concerns about claimants whose safety is at risk, according to a disabled campaigner. Last year, freedom of information responses from […]

Almost A Third Of PIP Disability Assessments Are ‘Not Up To Scratch’

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  From Disabled Go News.   Almost a third of assessments for the PIP disability benefit are not fully up to scratch, figures reveal. The data shows the shocking full story behind the official figure that 95% of reports are “acceptable”. Atos and Capita have a target for 3% or fewer of their reports to […]

Every Interview For PIP Should Be Recorded, MPs Say In Damning Report

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  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 […]

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 […]

Our Benefits System Has Become A Racket For Cheating Poor People

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  By Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.   When Moira gets scared, she cuts herself. “It’s my way of taking control.” Right now she’s very scared. In a few days she faces a tribunal that will judge whether she is entitled to her disability benefit. She has been through forms and examinations and the officials who tell her […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Never Give Up”: Disabled Teacher Scores Victory Over ME/CFS Discrimination In The U.K.

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  Pike’s story from Health Rising.   The Brown Envelope I recently received the dreaded brown Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) envelope. Fully expecting yet more bad news, I tore open the envelope, ready to rip up the letter and fling it in the bin. The letter informed me that in light of my […]

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