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DISABILITY BENEFITS ASSESSMENTS CARRIED OUT BY CAPITA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 532: tabled on 12 October 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with great concern repeated incidences of assessments for disability benefits being carried out by Capita which are inaccurate and unfit for purpose; further notes reports of cases in which seriously ill or disabled people have had benefits, to which they are entitled to cover the costs associated with their illness, removed after Capita produced an assessment which portrayed them as being much less severely ill than was actually the case; is extremely concerned that no mechanism exists to challenge inaccurate reports directly with Capita rather than by going through the lengthy and stressful Department for Work and Pensions mandatory reconsideration and appeals process; takes note of the very high success rate for personal independence payment (PIP) claimants who go through this appeals process; observes that this suggests problems exist within the assessment process; is further concerned that Capita is using assessors who are insufficiently trained, do not care about claimants' wellbeing or lack sufficient medical knowledge of individuals' conditions to produce an accurate report; is concerned that the assessment process does not take into account the vulnerabilities of people with very serious health conditions; supports the Government's decision to stop reassessing people with incurable or degenerative conditions for employment and support allowance; and urges them to look into the current PIP assessment process to decide whether it is fit for purpose and if the companies carrying it out are able to do so competently and without causing additional distress.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 October 2016
Livingston
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 October 2016
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 November 2016
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 October 2016
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 October 2016
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 October 2016
Edinburgh South West
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2016
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2016
Coventry South
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 October 2016
West Dunbartonshire
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2016
Cardiff South and Penarth
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2016
Ilford South
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 October 2016
North East Fife
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 October 2016
North Ayrshire and Arran
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2016
Glenrothes
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 October 2016
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 5 January 2016
North Down
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2016
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 October 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 25 October 2016
Glasgow East
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 October 2016
Glasgow North West
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 October 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 October 2016
East Dunbartonshire
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 October 2016
Gordon
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 October 2016
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 October 2016
Glasgow Central
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 January 2016
Midlothian
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 October 2016
Angus

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.