This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government

Rejected petition The assessment process used by the DWP for ESA and PIP is not fit for purpose.

The assessment process used by the DWP to assess claimants eligibility for ESA and PIP payments is not doing the job it was set up to do, as can clearly be seen by the large number of successful appeals against decisions that are made. This is leading to a high cost to all of the people involved.

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The DWP assessment procedure was set up to evaluate claimants, and ensure that the correct payments are made to the people who are eligible for them.
Over half of the appeals against benefit decisions are upheld by the courts, and this is unacceptable.
The processing of these appeals is producing a huge burden on the court system, the claimants, their medical staff & carers, and also the DWP staff who have to process them.
The system should produce the correct decision first time, every time.

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Why was this petition rejected?

It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

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