The strong language used in the Work and Pensions Committee report into assessment for disability benefits repeats what charities like The British Polio Fellowship have been saying for years – that with two thirds of cases found flawed and overturned on appeal, the current system is not fit for purpose.
Relevant information omitted from assessment reports is bad enough. That assessors have no knowledge of the conditions they are evaluating is shocking, but no surprise to our members. If a person with a well-known learning disability like Down’s Syndrome can be asked when they ‘caught’ it, imagine the ignorance those with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) face, when only seven percent have ever heard of a neurological condition with no cure. When the suicidal are asked why they haven’t killed themselves yet, it is a national scandal.
Who could argue with the Committee’s conclusion this process needs “urgent change”? The disabled are being let down, and so is the taxpayer – hundreds of millions of pounds for a failed service, coupled with the human cost of the most vulnerable in society put through a flawed, demeaning process.
It is hardly a surprise so many have seen support reduced or removed. If you are one of the 120,000 Polio survivors in the UK concerned with PIP applications, The British Polio Fellowship can help. Call us on 0800 043 1935, or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
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