Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the “reputational damage” it says it suffered after a claimant died.
Victoria Smith died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment.
The outsourcing company was ordered to pay £10,000 in damages over its handling of her disability claim.
It was found to have made incorrect statements but wants the county court verdict set aside and the case reheard.
The company conducts health assessments for personal independence payments (PIP), the main disability benefit, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.
While the decision over whether someone receives the benefit is made by a DWP official, Capita’s assessment of how a person’s disability affects their life is a crucial part of the process.
‘She gave up’
A Capita healthcare assistant came to assess Ms Smith in March 2018.
The 33-year-old, from Market Drayton, in…