I again spoke in a debate on Work Capability Assessments, an issue I have repeatedly spoken out about since I was first elected. I know all too well how these assessments damage people by the harrowing tales I have been told by many of my constituents.
I highlighted concerns about the lack of expertise that assessors have when conducting assessments, and how reports often do not accurately reflect the claimant's conditions. I also highlighted how claimants can be subject to invasive and inappropriate questions.
Using private companies in this process is totally unacceptable, as it commodifies our most vulnerable citizens. There is a shockingly high level of successful appeals against benefit decision which shows just how the system does not work and the DWP continue to get decisions wrong.
The Scottish Government will do things differently. Click below to hear how.