Are PIP and ESA assessments fair? We asked Twitter…

Regularly there are tweets or comments by people claiming that they had an assessment for PIP or ESA and everything was great and not to believe the scaremongerers. Another fairly common assumption is that if there is a problem with an assessment is because the claimant was not able to explain their problems or provide enough medical evidence.

A disabled person tweeted @wowhour  saying that she is very articulate and that is why she got PIP easily, if people fail the assessment, it is because they can’t explain themselves properly. There are obvious problems with that, it is a system meant to support disabled people and hence should take into account that not everyone will be able to be articulate and sound like a potential lawyer. And it is not a job interview. Furthermore, in our experience in many cases being articulate and able to describe one’s conditions and symptoms was used AGAINST the claimant. In any case, the claimant must never be blamed if the system does not work. Especially when it is a system meant to support claimants. If claimants are unable to use the system and achieve a fair outcome, then the system is at fault and is not fit for purpose.

We asked Twitter what they thought about them. And these are some of the replies we received. We can’t publish them all but you can read the entire discussion here.

 

 

 

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