Private firms rake in half a BILLION pounds for cruel disability benefit assessments

Atos and Capita earn the fees assessing people for PIP despite thousands having their cases overturned on appeal

Fit-to-work firms Atos and Capita have earned more than £500m of taxpayer cash running a hated Tory scheme to assess people for disability benefits.

Analysis of Government data by the Mirror shows the two firms were paid £211m for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in the first 11 months of 2016.

That was up from £198m in 2015, £91m in 2014 and £7m in 2013, the year PIP launched.

PIP is designed to help disabled people live independently and is replacing the old Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Yet despite the assessments’ £507m price tag, thousands of decisions based on them are being overturned on appeal.

Figures to September 2016 show 61% of 90,000 claimants who appealed against a PIP decision at a tribunal won their case.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This adds to the suspicion that these companies are just driven by a profit motive, and the incentive is to get the assessments done, but not necessarily to get the assessments right.

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2 thoughts on “Private firms rake in half a BILLION pounds for cruel disability benefit assessments

  1. Couldn’t agree more , there trained to make assumptions and tell lies . I believe all assessment s should be audio recorded one copy going to the claimants and the other to the DWP. That way there is no disputes about what was and what was not said . Saving tax payers thousands, that goes on MR and appeal s that are only going a head because genuine claimants have been left fighting for what they genuinely need . Will only be a matter of time before There’s a whistle blower or under cover BBC shop them

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