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We all know people are being asked to visit PIP Assessment Centres, but how far have they asked you to travel?
This question arose on the Benefits and Work website and attracted a lot of answers. You can see for yourself by clicking on the following Resources Link on Benefits for this website, and go down the list until you reach Benefits and Work website.
This is one of the most Extreme Cases I have ever heard
What your about to read is entirely true, consider this when ATOS asks you to visit an Assessment Centre.
A claimant has informed Benefits and Work that they had to travel a 700 mile round trip. This straight away is going to affect your PIP scores.
The Claimant in question had to walk 400 metres, then catch a bus followed by a two trains and then a taxi. This claimant done all this because they were very vulnerable and did not want to lose their PIP claim because she had been threatened to have her claim rejected.
Now considering the above, Capita had previously cancelled her appointment three times.
That is a very real sign of desperation.
You may ask yourself why would ATOS or the DWP make a claimant travel this far an assessment. It is due to the way you are chosen by a computer system that does not suit it's purpose. If an assessment centre was just 2 miles away, you would expect to be seen at that centre, but the DWP computer systems are that old and unsuitable for the jobs - so they give you the next appointment which could be anywhere in the UK. The DWP does say that their centres are within 90 miles from Claimants, but just how true is this?
And just look at the cost that this lady must have paid to get to her assessment. It is shocking to say the least.
Let's hope we don't hear of extreme conditions like this one, which is supposed to be for "A Better Britain"...
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