They don’t give ATOS: Public Accounts Committee criticises Work Capability Assessments

The Masked AMHP /   June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 2,046 views

It was reported yesterday (8th February 2013) that the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has severely criticised the Department of Work & Pensions for their handling of assessments of the sick and disabled claimants for their capability to work. Responsibility for conducting these assessments has been delegated to ATOS, which was paid £112.4m to carry out 738,000 assessments in 2011/12. In a report published yesterday, it was stated: The Work Capability Assessment process is designed to support a fair and objective decision by the department about whether a claimant is fit for work, but in far too many cases the department is getting these decisions wrong at considerable cost to both the taxpayer and the claimant. The department’s decisions were overturned in 38% of appeals, casting doubt on the accuracy of its decision-making. Poor decision-making causes claimants considerable distress, and the position appears to be getting worse, with Citizens Advice reporting an 83% increase in the number of people asking for support on appeals in the last year alone. We found the department to be unduly complacent about the number of decisions upheld by the tribunal and believe that the department should ensure that its processes are delivering accurate decision-making and minimising distress to claimants, The report also stated: “The one-size-fits-all approach fails to account adequately for mental health conditions or those which are rare or fluctuating.” This is something I have written about on more than one occasion (two actually, and now three) in relation to those with mental health disabilities. Increasing amounts of my time as a worker in a community mental health team are spent attending work capability assessments with mentally ill service users at the local ATOS centre (“local” is a relative term, as the centre is actually 30 miles away from my CMHT). I feel it is incumbent on me to attend these assessments as I know from bitter experience that if I do not, service users will frequently be taken off Employment Support Allowance and placed on Jobseeker’s Allowance, even though they also been assessed, separately, and by the DWP, as being entitled to high levels of Disability Living Allowance. I have never understood why a service user who has already been through an assessment of their disability, then has to go through a further assessment of their capability to work. Actually, I’m being disingenuous here: I think it is very likely that the reason for being put through these continuous assessment processes (they often seem to occur on an annual basis) is in order to remove them from ESA and hence to reduce their benefits. The statement in the report that the assessments fail to account adequately for people with mental health conditions certainly chimes with my own experience of these assessments. If you had a problem with your kidneys, for example, you might expect to see a specialist urologist. But when you go as someone with a mental illness to an ATOS assessment, it has been my experience that the assessors, who usually appear to be general nurses, have woefully little knowledge of the nature of the person’s psychiatric diagnosis, or how that disorder might affect their ability to work. Their assessments are entirely geared up to assessing physical mobility, or the ability to bend or lift or stand for periods of time. They do not know how to assess the capacity for someone with chronic paranoid schizophrenia to hold down a job, or how to assess someone with agoraphobia, or depression, or even chronic fatigue syndrome. Unless such people have a representative, who can describe in more detail how their condition affects them on a day to day basis, they inevitably find themselves on Jobseeker’s Allowance, having to attend work focused interviews – and also inevitably failing at these, and therefore risking being removed from benefits entirely. It is therefore no surprise that the report finds that CAB’s have encountered an 83% increase in assisting with appeals, nor that over a third of those appeals are found in favour of the service user. I am glad that that the committee have highlighted these scandalous issues. I hope that the Government will take heed. Courtesy of The Masked AMHP

16 thoughts on “They don’t give ATOS: Public Accounts Committee criticises Work Capability Assessments”

  1. Shawnee says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site 🙂

    http://elizao99.webgarden.com/section-1/elizao99-s-blog/do-not-ignore-this-about-online

  2. Bluestacks 2 download says:

    You are completely right, I’d love to find out new information on this subject! I am also interested by bluestacks free download because I consider it is quite trendy nowadays. Keep up the good work!

    http://rdbp.sea.gov.ua/help/index.php?action=profile;area=summary;u=66629

  3. TubeMate APK says:

    Hey there! This is my first comment on this site so I really wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other sites that deal with firestarter app? I’m as well extremely fascinated by that thing! Thank you so much!

    http://seosgr007.skyrock.com/3293957116-FireStarter-APK-Latest-Firestarter-APK-Download-Kodi-Android.html

  4. download xender says:

    You are totally right! I liked reading this info and I will certainly come back for more straight away. My own internet site is on zapya, you could check it out if you’re interested in this.

    https://www.sparkfun.com/users/1019788

  5. facetime app for android says:

    You are certainly right and I totally understand you. If you want, we could also chat about facetime android, one thing which intrigues me. The website is really amazing, all the best!

    http://www.graszonline.pl/profile/628395/poetbirch49.html

  6. Clint says:

    The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

    http://messaging.im/index.php?do=/blog/82895/web-2-0-headlines-about-management-consulting-industry/

  7. social security appeal lawyers says:

    Thanks for another informative site. Where else could I get that type of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a project that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

    http://theodore.blog.pl/2017/07/22/how-to-file-and-qualify-for-ssi-or-ssd-benefits-in-michigan/

  8. Alicia says:

    Well I truly liked studying it. This tip procured by you is very helpful for correct planning.

    http://mrbaystreet.com/myb/index.php?do=/blog/45995/our-idea-in-regard-to-online-franchise/

  9. dubai safari says:

    Exercises You Can Enjoy in Dubai Desert Safari, There are various stunning, exciting and worth recollecting exercises in Dubai Desert Safari that you will appreciate. You can’t look at the fun you get by attempting one with another on the grounds that every one exceeds the other. These exercises are most likely going to fill your heart with joy/

    https://trello.com/c/60AWHJs2/1-my-first-desert-safari-dubai-experience

  10. dubai adventures says:

    Dhow cruise is the second visited tour in Dubai; our dhow cruise operates in Dubai marina and creek with the high quality of food and 2 hours of cruising. We provide pickup and drop off to your home or hotel, we provide best Arabian Desert safari in Dubai. We also provide Dubai city tour, Abu Dhabi city tour, hatta tour, overnight desert safari; we offer some of best desert safari deals on discounted price. We also arrange group desert safari at best prices

    http://www.icsi.edu/capitalmarketweek/UserProfile/tabid/4706/userId/685877/Default.aspx

  11. camel ride dubai says:

    Dubai Desert Safari With 4×4 Dune Drive & 5 Live Show, Camel Ride, BBQ, Sand Board, Horse & ATV Bike Ride, No Hidden Charges.

    https://klout.com/#/~970525733406129600

  12. download videoder says:

    Thanks a bunch for the awesome post! I definitely appreciated it.I’ll ensure that I bookmark your site and definitely will return very soon. I would love to suggest you to ultimately continue the nice posts, perhaps write about videoder for android as well, have a nice afternoon!

    http://www.sbm22.16mb.com/story.php?title=download-videoder

  13. best safari says:

    Roaring engines, enormous sand trails and deep tyre tracks in the dunes: a desert safari is a popular excursion for visitors to Dubai. Race across the blistering hot sand in a large four-wheel drive, or maybe ski down some sand dunes – anything is possible in Dubai.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g295424-d11621519-Reviews-Dubai_Adventures-Dubai_Emirate_of_Dubai.html

  14. desert safari cost in dubai says:

    Desert Safari Dubai, Dubai Picture: photo2.jpg – Check out TripAdvisor members’ 50,506 candid photos and videos.

    http://dubaitourdesertsafari.com

  15. Magali says:

    Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content!

    http://www.blackplanet.com/your_page/blog/view_posting.html?pid=5788213&profile_id=65955063&profile_name=knightw240&user_id=65955063&username=knightw240

  16. garage opener says:

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

    http://kelcize.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/08/24/014217

Please comment with your real name using good manners.

Leave a Reply