The DWP online magazine Touchbase has confirmed that video assessments are now being rolled out across Great Britain. This is being done without any consultation with disabled claimants as to whether they wish to be recorded on video or any explanation of how video assessments will be securely stored.
The brief article in Touchbase states:
“From this week disabled people could have a video assessment as the technology is rolled out across England, Scotland and Wales.
“People who have a Work Capability Assessment for Universal Credit or New-Style Employment and Support Allowance or make a new claim to Personal Independence Payment or the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit could be invited for this type of assessment.
“Video assessments will take place alongside existing telephone and paper-based assessments, which have been carried out throughout the pandemic. Face-to-face assessments for disability benefits currently remain suspended, but…
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