Disability rights ‘disgrace’: Terminally ill facing distress and financial difficulty for weeks because of delays in benefits contract

Benefit tales

The spending watchdog has found that disabled people are facing  “distress and financial difficulties” because of the mismanagement of a new Government benefit scheme.

Some terminally ill people are waiting a month to receive vital support, whilst other claimants are waiting an average of 107 days. That’s more than four weeks longer than the government predicted.

The National Audit Office have also cast doubt on whether the new Personal Independence Payment, which will replace Disability Living Allowance, will ever be value for money.

Within six months that PIP was rolled out in the north of England in April 2013, a backlog of 92,000 cases built up with private contractors Atos and Capita. The Department of Work and Pensions had made decisions in only 16% of the expected number of cases. In fact, Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship programme has performed so poorly that the Department has been forced to stagger the…

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