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ATOS Assessments update
Today the Eastern Press is covering a story that ATOS assessments in East Anglia are at Critical levels.
Last week, a meeting held at ATOS the CEO told staff there that face-to-face home assessments were now at such level that 80,000 people across the UK are waiting for them alone. This is JUST home visits – it does not include those people who are waiting for assessments at Assessment Centres.
The DWP are warning people it could be 6 month to a year before you will be seen for ATOS assessments and even longer to get a decision on your benefit application. The DWP informed me in late October that they were “just starting to process May applications” and when I rang last week they were now “only just starting to process end of May/June” applications – nothing has moved in 4 months!
Yesterday management at ATOS had a CRISIS meeting in the morning which lasted over 3 hours. ATOS is drafting people to Norwich and Ipswich from all over the country as a matter or urgency. Yesterday they announced that every one is going to get a home visit.
Figures have emerged that the backlog has reached 40,000 in Norfolk/Suffolk area alone!
ATOS assessors are REQUIRED to now carry out 44 assessments a day in centres and 4 home visits a day per person. However, it takes 2 hours to do paperwork per person to write report but ATOS staff are only being given 35 minutes to write reports!
Monday morning an email was circulated from “on high” – a new DWP directive was put out. ‘We are looking at achieving’ a Fail rate 65%!
There are fewer Drs on PIP assessments than for ESA but these Drs and nurses are rebelling and putting their foot down and demanding duty of care protocols are followed! The UK floods are only adding to the pressure and staff are deeply concerned that disabled people in flood areas are not only being left to cope with the aftermath of flooding with no support but because their benefits are being held up due to this non-assessment situation, there is going to be a MASS Starvation situation unless these benefits are sorted out ASAP.
ATOS is aware of problems but only looking at it from a Business needs perspective and not putting the right training protocols into place. Staff are only getting 2 days PBR training (should be a week) – and only thinking of getting the queue down but all that is happening is that the queue is being shifted from one area to another.
There is good news though: ATOS are being inundated with customer service calls.
The more people who ring the more pressure that gets put on ATOS to do assessments.
This then puts pressure on ATOS to pressurise DWP in turn to give more resources to get assessments done.
What you can do:
CALL ATOS today and COMPLAIN if you have been waiting MORE than 3 months for an assessment. If you contact your GP and get your GP to chase you will get a Home Assessment. If you have applied for PIP more than 4 months ago, if you ask your GP for a home visit you will be given one within 14 days!
Contact your MP and get them to ring ATOS with your NI and DOB. This will bring extra impetus on ATOS to get your assessment moving. Call MP today tell them how long delay is – this is only way you will be seen before June. People who are chased up by MPs say they are going to top of list.
PLEASE PLEASE SHARE THIS NOTE! Get the word out – get people complaining. This is the only way that people are going to get their assessments.