MP questions Department for Work and Pensions on benefits

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THE MP for Gosport says some terminally-ill people in the town are facing lengthy waits for their benefits.

Caroline Dinenage raised the issue in parliament during questions to the Department for Work and Pensions. She asked: ‘Casework in my constituency has shown that although the Department for Work and Pensions does well in identifying and prioritising claims made by terminally ill patients, when those claims are passed to ATOS there is a lack of monitoring. What steps is the department taking to ensuring that these claims are dealt with in a timely manner at every point in the system?’

The minister of state for disabled people Mark Harper said: ‘We’ve introduced a range of improvements for claims from terminally-ill people.

‘We’re already seeing claims at around their expected level of 10 days. The assessment providers treat these cases as a high priority; 99 per cent are processed within two days and 100 per cent within five days.’