Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:53 pm on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 1:53 pm, 17th July 2018

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I received a reply from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, to parliamentary question 156404, which confirmed that an automatic insulin pump could be considered an aid in relation to the awarding of points for personal independence payments. However, when I raised the Minister’s answer with Atos, the independent assessment service, Barrie McKillop, the Atos clinical director, stated that its stance is correct. He said:

“as it stands, I feel that you have been given an incorrect response by DWP”.

Mr Speaker, there appears to be a discrepancy between what the Minister is saying and the response from the organisation responsible for implementing the policy. The question of who is correct could have serious implications for a constituent of mine, who I believe is being unfairly denied access to PIP. Who actually has the final say on what the policy is in practice?