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A shameful way to treat disabled people



Sep 25, 2012
Planet Lunatic Asylum

DISABILITY LABOUR has called on the Prime Minister and the new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb to scrap the personal independence payment (PIP) assessments and launch an “urgent inquiry” into what has been described as an “abusive and cruel system.”

Disability Labour, an affiliate of the Labour Party, says “punitive” PIP assessments have “no place in a civilised society and must be scrapped immediately.”

The call follows a Channel 4 Dispatches programme last month, which exposed how disabled claimants were being subjected to shocking and degrading treatment at the hands of assessors employed by the private firm Capita.

A Capita trainer known as Alan boasted about raking in £20,000 per month by rushing through assessments, while mocking a woman for having a “disability known as fat.”

“We’re flying through them because of that money,” he said.

Alan also talked about denying PIP to a claimant who had lost a leg, claiming he had completed the assessment before the person “had even walked through the door.”

Capita won a £140 million contract from the Department of Work and Pensions to carry out PIP assessments in 2013.

Disability Labour chairman Dave Allan has written to both the Prime Minister and Crabb, who replaced Iain Duncan Smith following his abrupt resignation. His letter is printed here.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith has also expressed his disgust in a letter to Crabb, and has called for an urgent investigation and for Crabb to set out concrete steps to tackle this abuse and to report back his course of action.

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Jan 27, 2015
Same or very similar assessment for Employment and Support Allowance too.
Hope this includes that..if it gets anywhere.

Manic Minor

Does anyone actually believe that things would be much different if Labour had won the last election?

I didn't notice much difference between the positions of pig BJ Cameron and Milliband before we cast our votes.