6 Aug 2018

Desperate disability benefits applicants ‘being denied extra support’, amid criticism of assessment system

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Lawyers helping sick and disabled people fight benefit claims at tribunal have accused the government of creating a “hostile environment” where claimants are “just not believed.” Benefits like Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment – or PIP – help people who are deemed too ill to work. Campaigners say the assessment system isn’t working – a claim vehemently denied by the Department for Work and Pensions.