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A freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed the postcodes where claimants may be subject to a combined work capability assessment and PIP assessment. It also discloses that no private sector assessors will be involved.

Back in February we confirmed that DWP was to resume trials of an integrated assessment for PIP/ESA/UC in April.

The idea is not a single test for both benefits, but a single assessment at which the evidence needed both for PIP and a WCA will be collected.

The work will go ahead within a Departmental Transformational Area (DTA). This is essentially an area where new processes can be tested on claimants before being rolled-out across the country.

According to the FoI response the initial DTA site is in Tresco House, Marylebone, London.

Tresco House will only deal with claimants living in E5, N2, N3, N4, N6 London post codes who are claiming Universal Credit (UC) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and/or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Neither Capita, nor Atos (also known as IAS) nor Maximus (also known as CHDA) will be involved in the assessments, which is likely to mean they are being carried out by in-house DWP assessors.

You can read the full FoI response here.

Comments  

+2 #3 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-05-12 19:35
I will repeat what I've stated for many years, this is nothing new.

The DWP have been using evidence in cross benefits for many years whether it be for DLA, PIP, ESA or even UC.

I have proof that my ESA was used with determine my DLA.

When you sign your claim form you are already giving the department the rights to use you claim to check within their other departments.

This to me seems another way for them to cut claimants benefits? We all know that PIP crosses over in parts of ESA etc.

I smell a rat within this DWP tactic?
+1 #2 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-05-11 16:14
>>DWP Response

I confirm that we hold the recorded information to respond to your request.

The Departmental Transformation Area (DTA) site is not a pilot; it is a long-term approach
and is an integral way of working for the Department as we try new ideas in a safe
environment.

The DTA initial single site will be in Tresco House, Marylebone, London. There are no
external suppliers – Capita, Independent Assessment Services (IAS) or Centre for Health
and Disability Assessment (CHDA) – involved in the activities of the DTA. Tresco House will
only deal with claimants living in E5, N2, N3, N4, N6 London post codes who are claiming
Universal Credit (UC) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and/or Personal
Independence Payment (PIP)


What the DWP isn't saying is that atos, capita, maximus, may well be given multi billion pound contract over the x amount of years to run this nation-wide scheme, post the so called trial (pilot).

DWP is only saying they will not be involved in this trial scheme.

Look forward to peoples response to all of this.

Also it would be nice if the test area claimants could post their inhouse DWP assessments of how it all went etc.

Good luck to all in the trial run.
+1 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-05-11 16:09
Does this mean the DWP will be roping in GP's and other specialist's to help with their trials, rather than the shoddy dodgy ATOS,CAPITA, and Maximus so-called healthcare workers.

I can't see this working out as the DWP will be understaffed for a national roll out of this scheme.

It may well work out to some point during a pilot scheme/ trial run, but nationally it will be a flop.

GP's etc are too busy with normal day to day activities at their surgeries, and hospitals.

Not unless the DWP dangle carrots to employ lets say new younger GP's who are starting out in their careers.

My feelings are the DWP are not doing this for the benefit of claimants, rather for their own benefit, and that is to get people of their disability benefits ie ESA PIP etc.

I hope I'm wrong and that this is a new way forward which will benefit claimants. Well the testing will be in the pudding!

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