Weighting of evidence in PIP

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Dear Department for Communities (Northern Ireland),

1. Please provide statistics on the weighting given with regards the various elements in PIP when making decisions on a claimant's award, for example, the weighting given to the claimant information given on the form, the information provided by the assessor, the GP or other medical report etc.

2. If weighting does not take place, how does the Department ensure that the information provided by the claimant, who best knows how their conditions affect them, is given equal or more weight than the opinion of the Capita assessor who has a one hour telephone conversation with said claimant?

3. Again, if weighting does not take place, how does the Department ensure that the information provided by the GP, who often is the second best authority on how the conditions affect the claimant, is given equal or more weight than the Capita assessor who has a one hour telephone conversation with the claimant?

4. It has been recently stated by Capita in recent weeks at Council committee meetings and Assembly committee meetings that Department for Communities are the decision makers not Capita. Why does the assessors report then show the sub-criteria selected under each descriptor which, when added together, amounts to the decision itself? What is left for the DfC decision maker to decide?

Yours faithfully,

Sinead Quinn

DfC FOI, Department for Communities (Northern Ireland)

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Please find attached acknowledgement to your recent FOI request.

 

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Joanne McAlinden| PIP Support | Department for Communities

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Please find attached response to your recent FOI request.

 

Kind Regards

 

Joanne McAlinden

 

Joanne McAlinden| PIP Support | Department for Communities

Level 5 | Castle Court | Royal Avenue | Belfast | BT1 1HR

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