Atos and Capita will lose their contracts for carrying out PIP and DLA assessments in Scotland when Social Security Scotland (SSS) takes over the administration of these benefits.
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People in the Scottish government, announced that there will be no private sector involvement in disability benefits assessments.
Instead, all assessments will be carried out in-house by SSS. In addition, Somerville announced that:
“People will be invited at a time that suits them and to a location that suits them.
“For those with difficulty travelling, the assessor will come to them.
“In addition we will introduce audio recordings of assessments as standard to ensure accuracy and transparency.
“And we will also allow the social security appeals tribunal to access the audio recording to help inform their decision.”