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This is a modified version of an original post, which Vox Political put up in good faith after seeing the message elsewhere, requesting permission to do so, and receiving no objections.
The original message referred to assessments for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) carried out by Atos, and contained warnings that made it too important to be allowed to disappear beneath more ‘current’ material, as is the way on social media sites.
It warned that – unless they are watched very closely – PIP assessors are not recording the correct information during interviews with claimants.
Examples were provided of misleading statements being typed up before the claimant had answered the relevant question, and of clues to other problems being ignored by the assessor, who had to be asked to insert them into the report.
It also warned that these are not isolated incidents.
The author of the original message has now asked Vox Political to remove that content, for reasons that may be deduced fairly easily, considering its nature.
However the article has clearly struck a nerve with the public, as the high number of comments telling a similar story demonstrates. This is why it is remaining here, in an altered form, and you are encouraged to report your own experiences of the assessment procedure.
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