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Disabled Scots left destitute by new payments system

Categories: Articles:Social Justice | Published: 06/10/2014 | Views: 1086
CAS report says disabled Scots are being left in poverty by delays in new system
A new payments system is forcing many disabled Scots into poverty for months without the means to pay for basics like food, fuel and housing - according to a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland. (Third Force News)

The new Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which has been introduced in Scotland over the last year, replaced Disabled Living Allowance (DLA) as the main benefit that helps disabled people meet the costs of their basic daily living. But evidence recorded by CAB advisers shows the new system is dogged by huge delays, through an assessment process which is problematic and prone to mistakes. The charity found clients who experience delays wait on average of six months between application and payment - but some have reported delays of 15 months. Of these cases, most claimants face severe hardship, with many of them needing to use foodbanks. And many have told CAS advisors their health has deteriorated as a result. Susan McPhee, head of policy at CAS, said:  “While some claimants are reporting that the system has worked well for them, we are still finding too many delays, and too many inaccurate assessments. It is deeply worrying that so many problems have already emerged with the new system at such an early stage.  READ MORE HERE
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