New assessment centre plan welcomed

Jo Cox MP has welcomed news that Atos plans to open a new assessment centre in Kirklees.

Mrs Cox tabled a parliamentary early day motion calling on the Work and Pensions Secretary to impress upon Atos the need for a PIP assessment centre in Kirklees. After seeing the motion Atos have this week written to Mrs Cox to say they are working on plans for a centre in Kirklees as part of a planned expansion.

At present, anyone being assessed for personal independence payment (PIP), which replaces disability living allowance, has to travel to one of the centres outside Kirklees.

The Batley & Spen MP said: “Many of the people who claim PIP are among the most vulnerable, disabled and ill people within our society and many of them cannot reasonably spend up to three hours travelling in a day when summoned for an assessment.”

“Kirklees has 440,000 residents but no assessment centre. I think anyone undergoing medical assessment should have appropriate and easy access to Atos and I am pleased they seem at this stage to be agreeing.”

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