MP calls meeting over 'unacceptable' Atos delays

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


CONCERNS over disability benefits have led to a public meeting organised by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.

He has arranged a meeting with senior representatives from Atos Healthcare, the company behind assessments for Personal Independence Payments, after concerns were raised by Islanders about delays.

As revealed by the County Press last week, fears have been raised on the Island that people had been left in dire financial straits due to lengthy delays in PIP assessments.

More than 100 people on the Island are awaiting PIP assessments according to Mr Turner, who has also asked for a representative of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to attend the meeting, to be held at the Riverside Centre on April 25 at 10am.

Mr Turner said the number of Islanders waiting for assessments was unacceptable and added: "Atos recognised the problems were escalating on the Island so I have asked officials to come along and explain the situation and hear from Islanders."

He said he was working with Atos to ensure measures were introduced to deal with the backlog, but urged Islanders who had been affected to contact him.

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