May 112018

Disability News Service (DNS) has been investigating claims of dishonesty in the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process for the last 18 months.

Now a leading discrimination lawyer has said he may be able to take legal cases on behalf of PIP claimants who believe that the healthcare professionals who carried out their face-to-face assessments did not honestly report the results of those assessments.

The cases would be taken under the Equality Act, but crucially the assessment must have happened in the last six months, for legal reasons.

If there are any PIP claimants who have had an assessment in the last few months and want to consider legal action, please contact DNS – with some brief details of the dishonesty and when it took place – either by phone or email.

If you’re interested in potentially taking a legal case, contact DNS editor John Pring by phone (weekdays only, please: 01635 228907) or email:

Read the background here



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  5 Responses to “Dishonesty in PIP process – legal challenge possible”

  1. What about people who have imminent Tribunal due and have repeatedly proved collusion and lies by Atos and the DWP, is it a case of having to have a fresh claim or and ongoing claim?

  2. What about people who have suffered the consequences of these dishonest assessments? It’s over 6 months of isolation, starvation and neglect before the harm caused by this hate crime becomes evident. I would have thought that this would provide a better legal argument. I waited 4 years before I won my appeal but the money I get cannot be used for care or mobility because it is paying off debts built up trying to survive and they will not backdate my claim. I have broken bones and damaged organs because of my attempts to do impossible things that the DM decided I was capable of and I will never recover. Without legal aid there is nothing I can do to get compensation or help and so despite finally getting my PIP I still live in poverty and dangerous housing.
    For the first 6 months I managed to cope and did not expect the process to take so long but at the time there wasn’t much evidence that this decision was incorrect other than my doctors letters which were ignored by the DWP and the tribunal who decided that their medical advisors knew more than my consultant.

  3. I had what I believe dishonest examination. Examiner asked several times if I wanted to stop because of distress I was in. Never did cognitive assessment, yet she put down interview took 45 minutes rather than 2 hour, because she had phone call after 2 hour she said it was safety issues.

  4. Theresa may and her government have been murdering the disabled for years they should.. Be up in court for murder

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