The lies and excuses being put out by the DWP and Chris Grayling over the matter of the Audio Recording of WCA (Work Capability Assessments) continues, we have been told various reasons why claimants can’t have their assessments recorded, the machines are broken (All 11 of them), no one wants their assessments recorded even though Atos have stated that their has been a significant increase in requests.
The DWP has also stated that they cannot waste taxpayers money on providing a machine for each of the assessment centres, at present they only have 11 machines that they have to ferry between all of their 141 centres, the expense would be so colossal, well today I’ve found out what the actual cost would be to safeguard benefit claimants right’s?
Each Dual CD Recording Device (Model NEAL 9102 Dual Interview Recorder) costs wait for it? £1400 Plus VAT, that works out to £1680 per machine and If each assessment centre (141) was provided with one it would come to the grand total of £236,880, not a huge sum when you consider the Atos contract is £1 Billion pounds, in fact it would help make huge savings, Atos HCPs wouldn’t be able to tell lies to claimants like they do at present than change the documents once the claimant has left, everything verbally communicated would be on record, not only would it protect the claimant but also the Atos HCP from spurious or as some like to call them vexatious complaints.
The DWP have also lied again to me, they have a track record, they say in this FOI Request that the 11 machines were purchased for the pilot study? That’s a downright lie as we all know they used HANDHELD digital recorders for the Audio Pilot Study, when will the DWP learn not to lie all the time, eventually the lies will out…