Requests for PIP assessment recordings to be allowed

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has agreed that disabled people will be allowed to record their assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Responding in a letter to the Right to Record action group of disabled campaigners in Barking and Dagenham, the DWP said that audio recording should be available when face-to-face PIP assessments resume after the pandemic. People being assessed will have to request that the assessment is recorded. Recording will not be automatic.

Jayne Salkeld, Joint Project Manager, Disability Advice Project, said: “Many of our clients tell us that the benefit decision does not reflect the assessment they took part in. This should lead to many fairer decisions the first time around and a lot less stress for many vulnerable people.”

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