Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

1) How does DWP ensure that using the event of claimants not having access to specialist services e.g. therapy, as a reason to deny PIP claims; does not impact BAME groups or victims of crime unfairly?

Has DWP considered how this way of evaluating claimants claims is edging on the side of institutional racism, and victimization. As its a practice embedded within decesion making where a known about inequalities and barriers within access to specialist health services is being used as a margin for denial of access to financial aid. I have evidence to prove this to be true if you want me to email that evidence.

2) How does the dwp make adjustments for the above impact BAME groups and victims of crime such as sexual assault and historic sexual abuse victims of crime? In light of specialist therapy impacting the judicial process in court, which creates known about barriers for victims needing specialist treatment, whom have to wait for the best interest of criminal proceedings.

3. Who can i speak to further about this issue?

Yours faithfully,

Ms Sewell

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Dear Ms Sewell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 6th
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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thank you for the information. I appreciate the time taken to consider my question, outside of the FOI duties.

I will take the DWP FOI response to my question as meaning that DWP do not collect data on inequalities impacting marginalised groups within PIP assessments. Therefore cannot possibly be able to consider how it impacts the services you provide to those claimants; or whether it creates added inequalities based on known about barriers within health care for these groups. As otherwise you would be able to provide that information without having to create or seek it.

At the very least from a professional instituon, as big and powerful as DWP. I would expect a figure for the last 12 months of complaints. Also a brief explanation of how you combat it. Inequalities should be monitored, otherwise you may unintentionally perpetuate the inequality and create further barriers for already marginalised claimants, who also have ill health.

This request will now be concluded.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Sewell

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