The current system for applying for help from Government as a disabled person is costly, slow and often inaccurate. The process isn’t delivering well for the people in need, for the Department for Work and Pensions and isn’t delivering for taxpayers who foot the bill.
Hundreds of millions of pounds is wasted on the assessments, the mistakes made, the ‘mandatory reconsiderations’ by DWP and the formal appeals and tribunals system.
I asked what is being done to fix this shambles. The Minister for Disabled People spoke about how they are consulting GPs – but the system has now existed for a decade and is still failing to work properly.
Sadly, this system also hits our NHS as people are still required to see their GP or consultants to provide information despite the severe backlog for all healthcare that has been built since the Tories took office in 2010 and has been exacerbated during covid.
You can watch me question the Minister here:
Neil Coyle in the Commons
Neil Coyle in the Commons
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