The Department for Work and Pensions insists “supporting people with mental health conditions is a priority for this Government.”
The Department for Work and Pensions has been accused of ‘institutional abuse’ after an assessor allegedly asked a woman: “Why haven’t you killed yourself yet”.
Speaking about her experience of personal independence payments (PIP), Alice said: “Cuts are costing disabled people their lives, but the assessments themselves can also put us at risk.
“They are designed to be intrusive and manipulative and I wanted to raise awareness of that.
“When applicants are asked questions like this, we are forced to explain our reasons to stay alive.
“No one should be expected to do that, especially in such a toxic and unsupportive environment.
“Assessors do not have the time or skills to explore the answers to this question with us and they are not able to provide the support which may be needed afterwards.”