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Work and Pensions select committee reveals 'baffling' benefit assessments

A DISABILITY benefit claimant was listed as “walking her dog daily” in a medical assessment, despite not owning one and being barely able to walk, MPs reported today.

The Work and Pensions select committee received nearly 4,000 submissions after calling for evidence on personal independence payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessments.

One claimant, Nikki, said: “Apparently I walk my dog daily, which was baffling because I can barely walk and I do not have a dog!”

Another submission, by Katherine, explained: “I was attacked with a deadly weapon only a short time before my assessment.

“The man threatened my life, on a walk with my dog. So the assessor wrote that I like to talk to people on my walk.”

The claimants’ stories were released by the committee ahead of the publication of their final report on PIP and ESA assessments next week.


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