Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed the suspension of benefit reviews and reassesments during the coronavirus crisis, branding the move ‘commonsense’.
The UK government has announced that reviews and re-assessments for Personal Independence Payment, Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance are being suspended during the coronavirus crisis. This follows the suspension of face-to-face assessments last week.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green says,
“This commonsense move is very welcome news. CAB advisers have long reported that these kinds of assessments are often distressing and lead to wrong decisions which leave vulnerable people without the support they need. We hope that this change will provide evidence over coming months to show why this change should be extended after coronavirus has passed
“Our view is that these type of face-to-face meetings are rarely necessary and that better decisions can be reached using existing evidence about a persons’ situation, including from their medical practitioners. Suspending them now is certainly the right decision - disabled people have enough to concern themselves with simply by keeping themselves safe and healthy at the moment. They do not need the additional stress of reviews and reassessments.”