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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 how many centres owned by the Department for Work and Pensions will be used to assess applicants for Personal Independence Payment; how many have wheelchair access; how many are without on-site parking; how many are either not served by a bus service or close to a train station; what assessment they have made of the walking times and distances from public transport to centre locations; and what advice they will give to applicants unable to gain entrance or arrive easily at such premises.

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

DWP-owned premises will not be used to assess PIP claimants. As part of the specification for the PIP assessment service, the two providers – Atos and Capita – must provide sufficient suitable accommodation for face-to-face consultations. All sites must be compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with suitable ground floor accommodation available. The providers are required to ensure the needs of PIP claimants are met, including proximity to public transport routes and access to suitable parking. Claimants’ appointment letters will clearly identify where their consultation will take place, including directions from their home, and they will be given the opportunity to change their appointment if necessary.

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