Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

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Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Post by helping_hand on Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:51 pm

Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a decision is not straightforward.

Nev says his experience shows that some vulnerable people need more protection.
"I should probably be more diplomatic but I think the whole system is a mess," he adds.
"The importance for me of getting that audio recording into evidence was the potential to help other people in the future."


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Re: Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Post by ABC on Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:21 pm

Under government rules, secret or covert recording like this is banned.

Nonsense. The government "rules" are policy not law! Anyone can lawfully make a covert recording for their own use which would include presenting it as evidence to a tribunal (or ICE, in my case Very Happy ).

A spokesman for the DWP said: "Anyone is free to record their face-to-face consultation, but it must be done in a way that best protects both claimants and assessors."

Really? If the assessor is conducting their assessment professionally they will be doing nothing that is against the law. So why would they need protection? No, the only person needing protection is the claimant.

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