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Benefits and Poverty Sarah Newton speaking in the House of Commons
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Tens of thousands of “fitness for work” benefit claims could have been decided by civil servants on evidence from assessment reports that should have been rejected because their quality was “unacceptable”, government figures suggest. The concerns about the way Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision-makers have decided employment and support allowance (ESA) claims
Benefits and Poverty Philip Connolly speaking at a conference
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The government has given a mixed response to a report by a committee of MPs that concluded that the disability benefit assessment system was being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”. Ministers have agreed in their response to make the recording of personal independence payment (PIP) assessments “a standard part of the process”,
Benefits and Poverty Tracey Lazard sitting behind a table and holding a microphone
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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 Sarah Newton in front of the work and pensions committee
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“Furious” disabled campaigners have attacked MPs on a Commons committee for refusing to ask the minister for disabled people about figures showing attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits doubled between 2007 and 2014. The new figures, showing how suicide attempts rocketed after the introduction of the work capability assessment (WCA), emerged last
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