News the government is developing systems to move some work on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in house and that future assessment interviews will be videoed, is welcome, and a vindication of The British Polio Fellowship and other campaigners’ calls for changes to the current system.
Capita and Atos must improve delivery of PIP and the government must have power to terminate contracts if they don’t. The fact both the government and the work and pensions committee agree on this is, I hope a clear warning the status quo is not an option.
Video of assessment interviews should encourage honest and fair appraisals, which is all anyone with a disability like Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) wants. There are too many disputed conversations with assessors for comfort and the mistrust this breeds must end. Our members who have seen decisions overturned at tribunal with our help shows the system is flawed. Will the government taking on some of the process be enough? One positive PIP pronouncement does not make perfect.
We continue to support 120,000 in Britain who have had Polio and now have PPS, but we should not need to help those mis-assessed for PIP if the system worked as it should. If you need our support, call us on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship