More than 180,000 people have lost disability payments because of cruel Tory benefit reforms

More than 180,000 people have lost disability payments because of cruel Tory benefit reforms.

The government began phasing out the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in favour of controversial Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in April 2013.

Hated fit-for-work tests carried out by infamous private contractors Atos and Capita have led to 125,000 and 64,000 claims being disallowed respectively.

In total, Atos have disallowed 19% of claims, while Capita have ruled against 24%.

Campaigners say the tests, which decide if people are sick or disabled enough to get benefits, are deeply flawed despite costing £200m a year.

More than 2,500 people have died shortly after being declared fit for work.

Others have included one woman with an incurable flesh-eating disease and another who could barely climb stairs.

The hated fit to work tests mean thousands of people are not getting the help they need
Labour MP Toby Perkins, who uncovered the figures, told HuffPost UK: “These figures reveal the extent to which the new regime is impoverishing severely disabled people.

“Already over 20% of DLA recipients have lost out on payments they did receive.

“It is also chilling to see that the disallowance rate of Capita is actually higher than those assessed by infamous Atos assessors.”

Labour MP Toby Perkins asked the question after a number of constituents raised the issue with him.

“We are talking about a very substantial number of people whose claims have been disallowed, and I think many people even expected the figures to be higher,” he added.

A DWP spokesperson said: “We introduced PIP to replace the outdated DLA system. PIP is a better benefit which takes a much wider look at the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis. Under PIP, 29% of claimants receive the highest rate of support compared to 15% under DLA.

“Decisions are made following careful consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist. Anyone who disagrees with a decision can appeal.”


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