Civil Servants To Help Capita Cover PIP Assessment Backlog

Wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute there! Aren’t civil servants and other public sector workers, you know, part of the problem (according to the Coalition)? Isn’t that why the public sector is being slimmed down?
Yet when the private companies show themselves up (as usual), it’s the civil servants and public sector workers – the professionals – who have to save the day. What will we do when the government has finally achieved its aim and rationalised them down to nothing?

5 thoughts on “Civil Servants To Help Capita Cover PIP Assessment Backlog

  1. Mark Parry

    I should think NOT. The new PIP system is a farce right from the start. It should be scrapped entirely. It’ll be another white elephant again. Like a cake exploding in the faces of The Tories again.

  2. truthmeister

    Even after you get a decision you seemingly cannot actually get any money from the DWP.

    I went for PIP from DLA due to a worsening of my condition. I was told by the DWP that my first payment of PIP had been done on time (nothing in my bank account). On ringing back I was told that this had actually been cancelled and a lower amount sent last Weds (still nothing in my account today).

    The other thing that needs to be highlighted is the discrimination that DLA claimants are facing when transferring to PIP. I put in my claim at the end of October and was awarded the enhanced daily living component and enhanced mobility (I was previously on DLA higher rate mobility and lower rate care). I expected that the difference of £58.15 per week would be backdated to October (as is the case for anybody that started a new claim, having not been on DLA immediately prior to claiming PIP). My assessment took 18 weeks so I have lost out on over £1,000 (18 x £58.15) compared to a brand new claimant with the same assessed needs as me.

    As well as that obvious unfairness it also means there is an incentive to make the assessment process for people switching from DLA to take longer as the DWP saves money. Also you could have 2 people who put in for a switch to PIP from DLA on the same day and that are eventually assessed as having the same needs. 1 takes 6 months and the other takes 9 months. The one taking 9 months receives 3 months less increase in payments simply because the process took 3 months longer.

    Ministers keep saying that they are targeting help to those in the most need. Anybody who voluntarily switches from DLA to PIP is obviously going to be someone who is most in need and yet they are being discriminated against and losing out on very significant sums of money because on unfair rules. That is shameful.

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