MPs to tell minister Norwich disability assessment centre situation is just not good enough

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A minister will be told today that the scandal of a disability assessment centre with no wheelchair access is just not good enough.

MPs will take a catalogue of complaints about the way work capability assessments and personal independence payments are being handled in Norfolk to disability minister Mike Penning.  It comes as his department admitted it had no idea how much taxpayer money is being spent on taxi bills because of the assessment centre blunder.

MPs have branded the answer to the Evening News’ request for information “not good enough”, after the Department for Work and Pensions was unable to put a figure on transport costs.

Officials are trying to send Norwich disabled people, who have to be assessed before they can claim benefits, as far afield as Nottingham by taxi, and also to Ipswich and King’s Lynn. In the latest twist to the two-and-a-half year saga, which disability…

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