Protesters against disability benefit cuts hold banners near parliament [Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP].

Sad fact is, this won’t make a scrap of difference. People have been telling MPs the disability benefits process is flawed for years. Your Tory Government isn’t interested in listening and won’t, until long after every last person with a long-term illness or disability is dead.

As many as four out of five cases where a claimant has been denied disability benefits are overturned on appeal because of systemic failures in the initial assessment process, MPs have heard.

Frontline welfare advisers told the work and pensions select committee that the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process was “inherently flawed”, resulting in thousands of wrong decisions and causing widespread harm and distress to claimants.

In some cases, a decision not to award a PIP was overturned by a tribunal after it had taken account of medical evidence from doctors about the claimant’s condition that had been ignored by officials during the initial assessment.

Source: Disability benefits process is ‘inherently flawed’, MPs told | Society | The Guardian

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