Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people.
Government ministers have said that the controversial Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments ensure that those people “most in need” receive support. Last month I wroteabout a disclosure from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) concerning the mortality rates of people awaiting PIP assessments.
Official DWP data reveals that 7,990 people died within six months of having a claim for PIP rejected by cruel DWP ‘decision makers’. This indicates that contrary to Conservative minister’s claims, those most in need of support are being catastrophically failed by the assessment regime.
Of these, 3,680 died within just three months of having their PIP applications rejected by the DWP. The figures also show that 17,070 people have died waiting for their PIP claims to be assessed by DWP decision makers.
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