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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Huge Increase In PIP Complaints, Online Appeals Coming Soon, All DWP Phone Lines To Be Free

In our last newsletter we highlighted the case of a PIP claimant who had used a secret recording of his PIP assessment to win his appeal tribunal.

A number of readers subsequently got in touch via comments and email to describe your own experience of covertly recording medicals and other meetings.

The information being collected by John Pring’s Disability News Service (DNS) reinforces the idea that this might be a sensible precaution.

Because DNS have published figures showing that the number of complaints about PIP assessments has rocketed in the course of a year, from 142 in 2015-16 to 1,391 in 2016-17.

Not only that, but DNS have heard from 250 claimants who say that their assessment reports were not just inaccurate, they were plain dishonest.

Given this level of doubt about the trustworthiness of assessments, and given the difficulties the DWP place in the way of claimants wanting to openly record their medicals, covert recording seems more and more reasonable.

Huge Increase In PIP Complaints, Online Appeals Coming Soon, All DWP Phone Lines To Be Free
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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