Disability Rights UK strongly criticises disabled assessment system

Disability Rights UK on Monday criticised the assessment procedure that prevents some people with disabilities from getting the benefits they need.

The executive assistant to CEO of the association Mary Convill said to Voice of Westminster: “Until a robust assessment process is in place, PIP (personal independence payment) will remain a broken benefit, in a broken system, which fails disabled people.”

Convill said that PIP and ESA (employment support allowanceare) are “failing in a number of ways, including those who qualify for the benefit but are turned down because of poor assessments”.

New figures show that the reviews and appeals of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) against disability benefits exceeded £100m in just over two years.

The Ministry of Justice also spent tens of millions of pounds a year on the appeals. In the last 12 months, about two-thirds of them were won by claimants.

Convill said: “It’s no wonder around seven out of 10 appeals are successful.”

She stressed that the Government should be looking “seriously” at a new assessment approach, such as “partnerships between qualified medical professionals and disabled people’s organisations.”

The expenditure of more than £100m in trying to deny disabled people vital benefits provoked severe criticism from the Labour Party.

Laura Pidcock, MP Labour for North West Durham, described this policy of the government as “a disgrace”. She said in a tweet that “this system is broken”.

However, a former Conservative minister thinks that there is something “seriously wrong” with the system, according to The Guardian.

The new released figures are said to be different than those that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has given to the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

Sub-editing: Jane Bracher

Photo by: Roger Blackwell (People with disabilities stage a protest)

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