Welfare Minister Won’t Rule Out Making Benefits Assessors Wear Body Cameras

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A Tory minister says she is “very happy to look at” an MP’s idea of making benefit assessors wear cameras to prove their tests are fair.

Labour’s Christina Rees claimed body-worn cameras would make “disputed” tests carried out by private fit-for-work firms more accurate.

Last month we revealed how taxpayers have handed Atos and Capita£500m assessing people for disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) since it launched in 2013.

Yet figures show 61% of 90,000 claimants who appealed against a PIP decision at a tribunal since 2013 won their case.

And 428,000 asked the DWP for a ‘mandatory reconsideration’ – the step before a tribunal – with 17% winning a change to their award.

Labour MP Ms Rees posed the idea of body-worn cameras during an exchange with Tory disabilities minister Penny Mordaunt.

She asked: “Would the minister consider introducing and funding mandatory use of body-worn cameras by all contracted…

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