The charity Sense, which represents Deafblind people, has responded to the Channel 4 programme Dispatches that aired last night, investigating the planned changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) which in two years will disappear, to be replaced by the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The programme revealed the PIP system being abused and private contract ‘assessors’ acting unprofessionally and making disparaging remarks about claimants.
Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of Sense, said:
“We’re deeply concerned by what we have seen in tonight’s episode of Dispatches. The sight of “fitness for work” assessors ridiculing claimants will cause distress for disabled people that already fear the assessments are geared towards saving money, rather than ensuring they receive sufficient benefit to live their lives.
The Government must focus its efforts on improving the life chances for disabled people and making a long term commitment to protecting the dignity and independence of some of the most vulnerable people in this country.”
More on the story can be found here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/watch-fitness-work-assessor-mock-7732900
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