DWP Slammed By Judge For Trying To Rely On Evidence Of Disgraced Capita Assessor Alan Barham


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

Same Difference

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

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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PIP assessor challenges claimants son to a fight


I thought I had heard about some diabolical benefit assessments and assessors and that nothing could be worse thanthose I had aready heard about.

This just proves how wrong you can be. This particular assessor would appear to have some serious problems relating to his behaviour and I would question whether he is capabable and competent not only to do benefit assessments, but to do his sunstancial job in the NHS.

In this persons behaviour I would go on to say, that during this assessment some elements of criminal behaviour to place and this does question his ability to have conducted proper assessments with other benefit claimants.

The process is stressful enough for the benefit claimants and their families and they can do well not having to put up with the conduct of this particular assessor.

It also beggars the question of how many more like him are also conducting such assessments in the manner similar to him.

He appears to be assuming a position of power over the benefit assessees, which should not be so.

‘I have MS and my benefits assessments was torture


There are so many stories showing the problems with assessors in every one of the welfare benefits assessment processes. In most of these instances there is an abundance of medical reports to prove what the assessors are trying to disprove, when the assessors are not experts in these medical fields.

Why are they doing this, yes there is some benefit fraud taking place, but not to the extent that requires, in many instances, inhumane treatment of benefit claimants.

It is as though every benefit claimant is believed to be committing benefit fraud, or is it the assessors receive extra payments should they reduce or or with-hold benefits completely.

From these stories it is the benefit assessors that are flawed not the benefit claimants.

It is said that the benefit system is being changed to ensure benefits are received by those you really need the benefits, but in these reported instances it would appear that the assessors are abusing benefit claimants, which should not be the intention of the process.

The whole process need to be held to scrutiny by all parties, which should include the benefit claimants.

The benefit process should not be feared by claimants unless they are committing fraud and these will be the minority not the majority.

If assessors are being abusive, then criminal actions should be taken against.

Appeals appear to have a substantial success rate, if this is so, after all this time, the assessment process should be being changed to minimise wrong initial assessment being conducted.

‘Lessons need to be learnt.

Woman with Crohn’s disease has PIP benefits cut


As I have said time and time again, the Government (DWP) and their supporters in crime Atos, Capita and Maximus are only committed to removing persons from the benefit system and this is their sole function.

Any persons who manage to successfully come through and receive the benefits that they claimed for have done so through errors by the assessors.

It is therefore errors occur when claimants are successful with their claims, but not when they are unsuccessful, the opposite of what is stated by the DWP and through the Media for the systems whole intention is to stop persons receiving benefits and not as would be expected to receive benefits.

Calls for Government investigation after benefit assessors caught ‘mocking the disabled’ by undercover reporter | Home News | News | The Independent


MPs and campaigners are calling for an urgent investigation into the Government’s benefit tests after an assessor was filmed dismissing a claimant’s “disability known as fat”.

Source: Calls for Government investigation after benefit assessors caught ‘mocking the disabled’ by undercover reporter | Home News | News | The Independent