Comment about PIP assessments from Westminster Hall debate

Post date: 
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

RNIB Deputy Chief Executive Fazilet Hadi responds to today’s debate in Parliament by MPs about Personal Independent Payments

 
Fazilet Hadi said: “Today’s Westminster Hall debate on PIP assessments highlights what RNIB regularly hears from blind and partially sighted people. They are routinely being assessed by Capita and Independent Assessment Services (formerly known as Atos) assessors, who fail to understand their sight loss, and its impact on their daily lives.
 
“PIP assessments need to be undertaken by assessors with an appropriate understanding of sight loss and be delivered in accessible ways.
 
“RNIB has supported hundreds of blind and partially sighted people, whose claims were wrongly handled. Our experience is that the assessment process is not working and urgently needs reforming.”
 

Notes to editors

 
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