posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 01:28 AM
Government to blame for benefits assessment misery, say MPs
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The government is to blame for "misery and hardship" imposed upon claimants being re-assessed for benefits eligibility, the Commons public accounts
Chairwoman Margaret Hodge accused the Department for Work and Pensions of being "unduly complacent" and "getting far too many decisions wrong".
She said the medical assessments were hitting "vulnerable claimants hardest".
Employment Minister Mark Hoban accused the committee of "scaremongering".
Unveiling her committee's report on the medical assessments used to determine whether a claimant is entitled to benefits including employment and
support allowance, Ms Hodge accused the government of "poor decision-making" over the ability of claimants to work.
Atos comes under attack in emotional Commons debate Private contractor criticised by MPs who say constituents judged fit to work died or became
suicidal soon after assessments The private contractor Atos, which administers the government's work capability assessments, has come under
sustained criticism from MPs as they told stories of constituents who had died shortly after being ruled fit for work by the firm. During a powerful
Commons debate that united politicians from all parties, MPs gave emotional accounts of how very sick individuals had been incorrectly assessed and
told to return to work. Some of them later died, they said, and MPs told of others who had killed themselves or become suicidal following such
decisions. Labour MP Michael Meacher described the death of a young man with epilepsy shortly after he was classified fit for work and saw his
benefit cut by £70 a week. "He became agitated and depressed and lost weight, fearing that he could not pay his rent or buy food. Three months
later, he had a major seizure that killed him," Meacher said. "A month after he died, the DWP [Department of Work and Pensions] rang his parents to
say that it had made a mistake and his benefit was being restored."
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