Assessment denies disability benefit to woman with rare disease because she has a degree

NOTE: This post is relevant to all people with disabilities who may wish to claim PIP or ESA benefits. Read on whether your disability is a result of one of many diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's or another illness, or has another cause.   PIP assessments, and the people that carry them out, are … Continue reading Assessment denies disability benefit to woman with rare disease because she has a degree

Benefit assessment contractors hiding in plain sight

Assessments of people’s applications for disability benefits in the UK, are carried out by contractors for the government. That is, of course, well known. It is equally common knowledge that those contractors are Atos, Capita, and Maximus. Between them, they have made hundreds of millions of pounds from their contracts with the government’s Department for … Continue reading Benefit assessment contractors hiding in plain sight

Government contractor must pay £5,000 over dishonest assessment, court decides

A court has ruled that a woman with a disability be paid £5,000 compensation by a government contractor. The was because one of its assessors made a dishonest report that led to her being given insufficient benefits. The contractor, Atos, is one of the companies that conduct assessments for the UK’s department for work and … Continue reading Government contractor must pay £5,000 over dishonest assessment, court decides

Assessment disgrace: ‘Fit for work’ man dies before ESA appeal can be heard

Disability benefit assessors have been widely criticised for deciding wrongly that people are ‘fit to work’. The situation is a disgrace, the criticism is well deserved. There have been a number of examples, but none more tragic than the case of Phillip Balderson. He had terminal cancer, but received a Department for Work Pensions (DWP) … Continue reading Assessment disgrace: ‘Fit for work’ man dies before ESA appeal can be heard

DWP fights to hide WCA ‘under-performance’ and PIP assessments

I suppose, by now, that the ineptitude of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should not surprise me. And while that is true, what does amaze me is its ability to keep proving it – over and over again. Right now, besides all its usual carryings on, the department is fighting two similar but … Continue reading DWP fights to hide WCA ‘under-performance’ and PIP assessments

Three disability assessors found wanting in attitude and conduct

Three nurses, all involved in assessing the seriousness of people’s disabilities, have been found to have breached professional ethics – all of which have been made public in quite a short period of time. Just what is going on? People with disabilities deserve better. First, a disability benefits assessor with extreme right-wing sympathies was suspended … Continue reading Three disability assessors found wanting in attitude and conduct