Reposted from John Pring @ Disability News Service
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to spend £170,000 paying consultants to help clear up the mess caused by the chaotic implementation of its new disability benefit.
The introduction last year of personal independence payment (PIP) – which is replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA) – has seen huge delays and backlogs.
Only last week, new DWP figures showed that of 349,000 new PIP claims lodged since its introduction in April 2013, only 84,000 decisions had been made by the end of its first year.
Disability News Service (DNS) has reported cases of disabled people who have had to wait as long as nine months, and even a man who had to wait more than a year to hear whether he would receive PIP.
But a new document published by the government, and detailing exceptions to the…
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