PIP claim rejected due to ‘good eye contact’ – in a TELEPHONE assessment

As seen on Twitter: considering the thread quoted below, assessors caught doing this would probably protest that they were giving her a wash.

I found this on Twitter and had to share it.

Apparently people working on Personal Independence Payment assessments for a private company hired by the Tory government have developed the ability to see people at the other end of telephone lines.

Otherwise, how could this have happened?

Evander v – who identifies as “SLE(lupus), hEDS, Sjögren’s, suprapubic catheter, wheelchair user, depression, hypomania, self-harm, autistic” – continued with an excellent thread on the state of PIP assessments under the Conservatives, which I’ll reproduce here for you:

The thread has struck a chord with fellow Twitter users, leading to a large number of replies – because it is accurate.

Too many people have suffered as a result of fabricated, false PIP assessments, written by cynics who know that the appeal process is Kafka-esque; once you start it, you’ll be lucky ever to reach a satisfactory end.

The assessment process used to disregard mental illness completely, despite the fact that this was supposed to be one of the qualifications for receiving the benefit. The same process has always been considered to worsen such maladies.

PIP is, indeed, a benefit that – on the face of it – is intended to help working disabled people with their daily lives as much as those who can’t manage a job. But any actual independence appears to be penalised in the assessment.

And the last comment is brutally accurate. The system is, indeed, working exactly as intended by the Conservatives; it’s kicking people off of benefit, even though they need it more than ever.

You may have thought this problem had gone away in these “all in it together” days of the Covid-19 lockdown. Not a bit of it.

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  1. trev May 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    It will be interesting to see where Starmer stands on scrapping/reversing the Tory Welfare reforms when the next election comes around. That’ll be the clincher for my vote.

  2. jaynel62 May 18, 2020 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    This is Terrifying; I have a PIP telephone assessment on Wed and I was already in a state of anxiety before I saw this

  3. Justin May 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I love to see the assessor arriving at a tribunal in the regulating body to justify that answer, how the hell do they actually pass nursing qualifications and standards, probably end up working for the tories, there good at lying

  4. The Toffee (597) May 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    If this is indeed actually the case WHEN are these ‘assessors’ gonna face charges of fraud?

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