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More than 220,000 people scored zero on disability benefits test

Date: 24/1/2018
Summary: Concerns have been raised over the number of people being scored ‘zero’ in assessment for disability benefits.

To qualify for these benefits, people need a score of at least eight.

But in the last 18 months alone, more than 220,000 people have scored zero in both parts of the test – meaning they won’t be paid any money under the PIP (Personal Independence Payment) scheme.

Many were previously receiving benefits under Disability Living Allowance, but when the system changed found they were denied what they were previously getting. In some cases, people have lost their mobility vehicles.

More than 180,000 people who previously claimed Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have been denied PIP as they have transferred between the two systems.

Labour’s former welfare minister Angela Eagle said: ‘It is deeply worrying to see just how many people are being written off and given scores of zero for their PIP assessments.

‘This reflects recent experience in my constituency, where increasing numbers of people are contacting me in great distress after receiving scores of zero.

‘This includes people that have received PIP in the past, and have actually seen a deterioration in their health since then.’

‘Under the Tory Government’s assessment process tens of thousands of people with chronic disabilities have had their payments removed, and many with mobility problems have had their vehicles taken from them.’

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments score people points based on their ability to carry out different tasks.

For each component of PIP, people need at least eight points to get the standard rate or 12 points to get the higher enhanced payments.

Overall, 347,210 cases have scored zero on either or both parts of the PIP test since April 2016.

Previous figures released to Parliament showed that in 2016, 13,130 people had a decision on PIP overturned having previously been scored zero.

Source: Metro 

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