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Capita Seeks To Reverse ‘Reputational Damage’ After Death Of Claimant

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    By Michael Buchanan Social affairs correspondent, BBC News.   Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the “reputational damage” it says it suffered after a claimant died. Victoria Smith died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment. The outsourcing company was ordered to pay £10,000 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Capita Faces Fresh Calls To Be Stripped Of PIP Contracts After Documentary

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    One of the three outsourcing giants that assesses people for their eligibility for disability benefits is facing calls for it to be stripped of its contract, after revelations in a Channel 4 documentary. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is investigating concerns raised by this week’s Dispatches, which saw an experienced mental […]

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