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Benefits and Poverty Tracey Lazard sitting behind a table and holding a microphone

Disabled campaigners have welcomed a report by MPs on disability benefit assessments, which they say highlights “serious multiple failures”, but many believe it should have done more to highlight the serious “preventable harm” caused by the system. The report by the Commons work and pensions committee concludes that there is a “pervasive culture of
Benefits and Poverty Stephen Lloyd in front of a sign for the Liberal Democrat conference

A senior opposition MP is to write to the minister for disabled people to ask how she plans to penalise government contractors Atos and Capita, following last week’s “devastating” revelations about their “shocking” failings in delivering disability benefit assessments. Stephen Lloyd, the work and pensions spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said last week’s revelations
Benefits and Poverty Sarah Newton speaking in Westminster Hall

Outsourcing companies have been failing to request vital evidence from GPs and social workers that would help disabled people secure the benefits they are entitled to, confidential Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) documents have revealed. The “absolutely shocking” reports, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that Atos and Capita contacted health
Benefits and Poverty Capita logo

Nearly one in three of the disability benefit assessment reports completed by a private sector contractor were significantly flawed, confidential Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) documents suggest. The figures were revealed through a government audit of personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports that had been written by staff working for under-fire outsourcing giant
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