MP blasts welfare delays for disabled

North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel.

North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel.

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North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions’ welfare reform assessments and delays to benefits for the disabled during a Parliamentary debate.

Ms Engel highlighted the case of constituent Jamie Thompson, during the debate on Wednesday, July 2, who is paraplegic and but has been called in for re-assessment every couple of months even though his condition will never change.

She said: “Given that more than 700,000 people are still waiting for work capability assessments and that the length of delays people are experiencing are pushing them into destitution, we really are getting into trouble.


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