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Benefit assessment appeals costing estimated £50m a year

Appeals against benefit assessments are costing an estimated £50m a year, according to an MPs' report.

The assessments determine whether applicants are entitled to Employment and Support Allowance - the successor to Incapacity Benefit - or are considered "fit for work".

The Work and Pensions Committee report criticises Atos Healthcare, which carry out the tests.

Alison Holt reports.

  • 26 Jul 2011
  • From the section UK