Sense has responded to the final report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The inquiry was setup to look into the effectiveness of assessment processes used to determine eligibility for the benefits.

Sense Deputy CEO, Richard Kramer, said:

“Today’s report will be welcomed by disabled people who have highlighted the severe impact an incorrect assessment can have on their lives.

The system is failing to support disabled people – with too many barriers preventing people from securing adequate support for their day to day lives.
It is now time for government to listen to the voices of disabled people who are saying ‘enough is enough’ and implement the recommendations highlighted in the report. We need a system that engages and supports disabled people rather than a system that undermines them.”

Sense provided evidence to the committee’s enquiry, which is reflected in recommendations calling for stakeholder engagement on the design and availability of accessible formats, and for claimants with hearing impairments being to apply for PIP and ESA.