Remember when This Site reported that the DWP had admitted tampering with thousands of benefit claims in order to deny the claimants the cash they were due?
It turns out the DWP lied about the extent of its interference: it didn’t just mess with 2,300 claims in 2019 – the true figure was 3,490.
And in 2018, assessors marked down or rejected 3,360.
That makes a total of 6,850 claims that the Department for Work and Pensions deliberately altered – for no reason other than to deprive genuine benefit claimants of the money they genuinely deserved.
The Record exposed the secret audits over a year ago when a Scot with MS and mental health problems was sent before-and-after copies of his assessment for a Personal Independence Payment claim.
The original was submitted by a nurse after an assessment. It was then plucked from the files by a private firm and systematically marked down, leaving him without any support.
The changes show the auditor was routinely disregarding professional opinion on the claimant’s health.
In 2018, the IAS contractor marked down or scrapped 2240 files, followed by 2300 in the following year.
A second contractor, Capita marked down or rejected 1120 assessments followed by another 1190.
In This Site’s previous story about this scandal, I wrote: “In the benefit system, trust has always been a lopsided concept. The DWP questions everything claimants say, while they are supposed to accept every decision the DWP makes as fair and just.
“And now we know that it simply isn’t true.
“I guess it just proves the old adage that a liar won’t believe anybody else.”
And the DWP is still lying about this!
The department’s comment to the Record was: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring people receive the support they are entitled to.
“Assessments are carried out by qualified health professionals and we continue to work with them to ensure quality is continuously improving.”
It’s excuse for dismissing professional opinion was: “Sometimes assessment reports are returned to providers to ensure we have as much information as possible to reach an accurate decision.”
That makes absolutely no sense at all. The assessments were altered to remove information – not to add more.
It would be more accurate to state: “Sometimes assessment reports are returned to providers to ensure we remove information that would prohibit us from reaching the inaccurate decision necessary to hit our quota of rejections.”
After all, DWP bosses have to make sure they qualify for those huge bonuses we’ve just discovered, don’t they?
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