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Personal Independence Payment

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirement they have placed on Atos Healthcare to ensure that assessment centres for Personal Independence Payment have wheelchair access; and what inspections they intend to make to ensure that arrangements do not breach the Equality Act 2010.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments undertaken by Atos will take place in existing healthcare centres and at claimants’ homes. All assessment sites must comply with the Equality Act 2010 and have suitable ground floor accommodation available. Atos is contractually obliged to deliver this requirement. DWP is visiting a sample of these centres and in addition, we are seeking feedback from claimants and the companions they are encouraged to bring to their assessment.

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