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PIP and ESA assessments

February 14, 2018 1:59 PM

In response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Report out today on PIP and ESA assessments Stephen Lloyd MP, Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson, said :

"This is an utterly damning report from the Select Committee on the quality, or lack of, from the government's PIP and ESA assessments programmes.

"It's clear far too many assessments are inadequate for this system to continue in it's current form.

"This also comes on the day where the DWP has put out a deplorable tweet reminding people that as today is Valentines Day, they will be checking that benefits claimants are declaring they live with a partner or else. It's obvious this Conservative government knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

"This is proof that the Liberal Democrat position of stripping the assessment contract from corporate behemoths such as ATOS and Capita and bringing them in-house as a public service, is the only practical and humane way forward.

Ipswich Liberal Democrat Councillor Inga Lockington added:
"I agree. Anyone applying for PIP or ESA must be treated and assessed with respect. We know applicants with disabilities and long term illness often have days where they feel worse than others and that need to be considered within the assessment which should be brought in house. I have seem the Tweet from the DWP and I found it in really bad taste."

The Select Committee report is here.

Inga Lockington at conference