Z2K (Zacchaeus 2000 Trust) have published a report #PeopleBeforeProcess – The state of disability benefit assessments and the urgent need for reform.
They say “We all deserve to live with dignity and respect, but for years disabled people have been going through a disability benefits assessment process that has been described as ‘degrading’, ‘hostile’ and ‘discriminatory’, and stopped too many from getting the income they are entitled to.” As a claimant of PIP myself I thoroughly agree with this, it is a horrendous process which can actually cause or exacerbate mental health problems.
“In April 2021, Z2K surveyed 1,420 people who have been through the assessment process for disability benefits – 1,220 had been assessed for PIP, 885 for ESA, and 166 for the Limited Capability for Work (LCW) elements of UC. We asked people to share their insights on the assessment process – including the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) and appeals process – as well as the changes that they would like to see made to the current assessment regime. We also asked their opinion on whether the Government’s upcoming Health & Disability Green Paper will deliver on generating desired reform.”
Z2K are are calling on this Government to act.
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