The DWP are so out of touch with reality,
Firstly they should be aware to the numerous assessments from Capita assessors and others where there quality is very much in question
Secondly this is expressly so, for in this incidence for the named assessor in this article it states ‘Alan Barham was discredited by the Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme, following undercover reporting in 2016.’, so the DWP should have been well aware of the poor quality of assessments done by Alan Barham
also has stated in the article, ‘Capita dismissed Barham and he was found guilty of misconduct by a professional standards tribunal in 2017’
So, were the DWP not aware of the above, which, if so, indicates a lack of knowledge, which they should have been aware of, if they are deemed to be professional and a body of ‘note’.
The alternative is that the DWP could not careless about claimants and their only wish is to refuse as many claims as they can and then pursue through the legal system when they are challenged, when the evidence is so conclusive that their challenge will be dismissed.
Not only is it not respecting the claimants, but it is gross misuse and completely inadvisable use of funds.
So, it is down to gross incompetence or deliberate acts of malice, either of which one should not expect from a Government department, but do find is being done on numerous occasions
An upper tribunal judge prevented attempts by the DWP to rely on evidence of a disgraced Capita assessor who said on one occasion that he had completed an assessment on a claimant before they had even walked through the door and boasted of earning £20,000 a month.
Alan Barham was discredited by the Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme, following undercover reporting in 2016.
Barham told the undercover reporter:
“The money? It was ridiculous. I was getting around 20 grand a month, most months.
They’d pay around £80 an assessment for the first 8 assessments, then they paid £160 an assessment for 8-14, then they paid £300 per assessment for 14-21. . . we was flying through them, because of that money. That’s 20 grand a month.”
In relation to a claimant who had had a leg amputated, Barham said:
“I’d literally finished his assessment…
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