Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.

Professional Members

We support both claimants and professionals.  These are just some of the organisations who have subscribed to Benefits and Work:

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Chesterfield Law Centre
  • Coventry Mind
  • Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Colchester Borough Council Welfare Rights

Read more

The two private firms which carry out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments on behalf of the DWP are in line to make much more than the expected £512 million from their contracts, the DWP has revealed.

In spite of the fact that 65% of PIP appeals are currently successful and despite the growing unease even amongst MPs about the quality of PIP assessments, the two companies are making far more than expected from their contracts.

In total, Atos and Capita were set to be paid £512 million for their first five years’ work from 2013, which was to include assessing all working age disability living allowance claimants for PIP.

Yet they have already been paid £578 million and had their contracts, which should have run out this year, extended to 2019.

Earnings for the two companies from the contract now appear to be “spiralling out of control” according to shadow DWP minister Debbie Abrahams.

Payouts to the two companies amounted to:

£7m in 2013

£91m in 2014

£198m in 2015

£257m in 2016

You can read the full story in the Mirror.

Comments  

#4 Bill24chev 2017-04-22 04:36
Quoting Dee:
I handed in Motability car yesterday 19.04.2017. This is causing me undurable stress , fatigue , pain and discomfort. . Can I pick it up as the law changed today 20.04.2017. Can Someone advise .

Atos lied in my assessment , however DWP believed them instead and maintained their award. Scored 0 for planning and following a route because I work Can someone please advise


i have mentioned this before on the Forum make a Mandatory Reconsideration if still in time. if out of time make new claim for PIP. If you can afford it buy two cassette recorders ( about £40 with casstees)and request reccorded FtF next time. Make formal complaintto the HCp's Registered organisation E.G NMc for a nurse
#3 Dee 2017-04-20 18:59
I handed in Motability car yesterday 19.04.2017. This is causing me undurable stress , fatigue , pain and discomfort. . Can I pick it up as the law changed today 20.04.2017. Can Someone advise .

Atos lied in my assessment , however DWP believed them instead and maintained their award. Scored 0 for planning and following a route because I work Can someone please advise
+1 #2 David 2017-04-19 15:58
What a shock! Truly surprising! Not.
+1 #1 Bill24chev 2017-04-19 09:50
the primary reason for "oursourcing" public services is/was to improve efficiency and save money for the public purse.

obviously this does not woirk when it comes to Disability assessments because it is costing us the Tax Payer(yes if your income is only Social Security benefits you are still a tax payer) for an hoplessly in efficient system'

Howver this lack of efficiency can be spun to look quite good, for example the DWP stated that only a small percentage of claim decisions are overturned at appeal. this is true if you take the numbrer of appeals won against the full total of benefit decisions.

But it does not take into account the fact that a large proportion of rejected claims are not appealed.

Also the number of posts in the forum were the assessment report bears very little resemblence to the actual medical conditions and disabilities of the claiment suggest that ther is one of these problems with the assessors
Poor quality asssessors
Poor training
or pressure from assessment company management or DWP to reduce claiments.

I suspect it is a combination of all three.

Whatever the cause I believe that the Puplic Spending authorities should now take ATOS Capita and Maximusas well, to task.
Of couse it all depends on if the Govenment want a fair system or one biased against the claiment.

You need to be logged in to comment