The Herald

£500m for benefit assessors


TWO private companies have earned more than £500 million over four years conducting fit-for-work assessment­s of disability benefit claimants.

Newly-published data apparently showed that Atos and Capita were paid a total of £211m for Personal Independen­ce Payment (PIP) assessment­s in the first 11 months of 2016, £198m in 2015, £91m in 2014 and £7m in 2013 – the year the benefit was launched.

The assessment­s are carried out when claimants move from the old Disability Living Allowance, which is being replaced by PIP, to determine whether they are entitled to the new benefit.

The Daily Mirror said 61 per cent of 90,000 claimants who appealed against a PIP decision at a tribunal in the period up to September this year won their case.

An Atos spokesman said: “The Atos team undertake PIP assessment­s on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and do not take a decision on a person’s eligibilit­y for PIP – that decision can only be taken by the DWP.”

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