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TOPIC: Disabled benefit claimants forced to pay for GP letters they don’t need

Disabled benefit claimants forced to pay for GP letters they don’t need 27 Jan 2019 21:10 #13387

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They are also being told to travel several miles to attend benefit assessments.

Disabled people are being forced to travel several miles to attend benefit assessments and pay for GP letters they don’t actually need, it has been revealed.

The Department for Work and Pensions are allowing private companies like Capita, who are in charge of carrying out benefit assessments, to make it more difficult for people to get the financial support they desperately need.

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK Government to end the injustice.

Carl from Wales suffers with arthritis and was told to pay for a medical letter to prove he couldn’t travel to his benefit assessment, which they then refused to accept.

When Carl arrived at his assessment he couldn’t walk and Capita made him use an office chair instead of a wheelchair.

This latest scandal facing the DWP follows news that disabled people are taking the Work and Pensions Secretary to court over Universal Credit.

The falgship Tory welfare reform is being challenged in the High Court by two women who claim they were forced to claim Universal Credit about benefit blunders left them with nothing to survive on.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), who are representing the two women in court, will argue they face “irrational and unlawful discrimination”, because they are denied the same transitional protections given to other people who move to Universal Credit from legacy benefits.

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Disabled benefit claimants forced to pay for GP letters they don’t need 28 Jan 2019 13:53 #13408

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Reasonable Adjustments are supposed to be made BEFORE any assessment is carried out so if anyone requires a wheelchair, or cannot manage stairs for example, they should ring the assessment centre before their appointment to ask for these to be addressed in advance. You can also cancel your appointment ONCE and have it re-arranged if the time/date is not suitable for you. You CANNOT cancel it a second time.

Dr`s letters are discretionary and most GP`s will oblige you with a simple letter. My GP did one for me albeit was worded towards my pain and was a clarification that I suffered from it. But the letter wasn`t detailed. I know GP`s can charge for patient letters because they consider this to be done out-with their duties within the NHS and they can charge between £10 -£25 depending on the detail. I wasn`t charged for mine but GP`s can also be asked (by the assessment people) to fill out an electronically sent online form called an ESA113. You need to ask your GP is s/he was asked to do one of these forms because sometimes an ESA report will say that the evidence used included this questionnaire, but it`s well known that old evidence can be used and GP`s are not always contacted each time you are assessed. So bare this in mind.

All that said, the system is not fit for purpose and should be put back into the hands of the NHS.
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