Watch @alexburghart MP ask what specialist processes DWP's #PIP and #ESA assessors ATOS, Maximus and Capita have in place for people with serious, complex conditions like schizophrenia, that can also affect the assessment itself – we'll have more evidence on this on Monday pic.twitter.com/E2EY12w37w
— Work & Pensions Ctte (@CommonsWorkPen) December 8, 2017
Work & Pensions Committee hears from specialist disability groups on the PIP and ESA assessments on Monday
One of the big concerns the Committee has heard about DWP’s contracted PIP and ESA assessors is how their staff are qualified to assess the impact of multiple, serious and complex physical and mental health conditions on people’s lives, and how those conditions can affect the assessment process itself. Mencap’s evidence to this inquiry includes instances like a claimant being asked what medication he was on for Down’s Syndrome and learning disability – displaying deep ignorance of the condition, its effects and how it is dealt with.
In the video below from our in evidence this week, Committee Member Alex Burghart asks what specialist measures these companies have in place when they are working with someone with a serious mental health condition like schizophrenia: the answer was, effectively, none. All three companies insisted that no specialist medical knowledge is required to perform the “functional” assessments they carry out.
On Monday at 15:45 in Wilson Room we’re asking the specialist disability advocacy groups asking Scope, Sense, the Disability Benefits Consortium, Citizen’s Advice and Mencap if they agree. You can also watch online. /ENDS