DWP falsifies figures about people with disabilities
- 20 May
The Department for Work and Pensions has been found to have been making false claims about the number of people living on disability benefits by the official statistics watchdog.
Ministers have continually stated that the majority of people on disability living allowance were given benefits for life without any supporting medical evidence. In an official press release by the DWP it claimed that "more than 50% of decisions on entitlement are made on the basis of the claim form alone, without any additional corroborating medical evidence."
However, the UK Statistics Authority has investigated and found that the real figure for claims passed without supporting medical evidence was actually 10%, reports 24dash.
The DWP has also claimed that up to 71% of claimants get "indefinite awards without systematic reassessments" under the current system of DLA. However, the UKSA discovered that in the last two years of the DLA only 23% and 24% of claimants were given indefinite awards.
The department has admitted that its claims have been "ambiguous" and "had not been rechecked by the department's analysts as is the usual practice".
Parkinson's UK policy advisor Donna O'Brien said: "The Department of Work and Pensions has a long track record of misusing statistics when it comes to the benefits system, and it's clear this was a tactic to vindicate further welfare cuts. People with Parkinson's who claimed DLA have told us supporting medical evidence was crucial due to a woeful knowledge of the condition amongst assessors, and it is absurd that the Government was trying to imply that anyone going through the system had an easy ride."
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