Sense responds to Work and Pensions Select Committee report on PIP and ESA

Sense has responded to today’s 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. You can find out more details about the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry here.

Sense provided evidence to the Committee, including a submission from Natalie McMinn, who has dual sensory loss. Natalie shared the difficulties she has experienced going through the process of claiming PIP and ESA. 

Sense Deputy CEO, Richard Kramer, said:

“We are pleased to see the Work and Pensions Select Committee highlighting what disabled people with complex communication needs have been telling us – that the system is failing to support them.

Like many of the stories the report highlights, we hear from people who raise concerns with lack of assessor knowledge, errors in reports, stress and anxiety with the process itself. 

We are happy the Committee has acknowledged these wide scale issues, and we support their call on the Department of Work and Pensions to set out what they will do to resolve them so that disabled people receive the support they need.”

Read Natalie McMinn's blog for Sense, where she asks Can applying for disability benefits be made easier?