The big question will remain, will these changes mean that persons entitled to these benefits will receive them and that people will not receive degrading assessments.
The DWP are to introduce a major change to the assessment system for PIP and the work capability assessment for ESA and UC with just one company carrying out both assessments for any given claimant from August 2023.
Contracts for all assessment providers have been extended for two years to August 2023, after which the change to a single assessment provider in each of an undisclosed number of geographic regions will be introduced.
This means that the same company will have to have expertise in both PIP assessments and the WCA and will be able to use some of the evidence from one type of assessment when carrying out the other for the same claimant.
At present, all WCA’s a re carried out by Maximus.
PIP assessments are carried out by IAS (formerly Atos) and Capita.
Many readers will remember that Atos abandoned…
View original post 285 more words