More than 17,000Â people have died while waiting to hear whether their claim for disability benefit hadÂ been successful, it has emerged.
Ministers have been accused of â€œfailing people at the most vulnerable point in their livesâ€ after figures revealed 17,070 disability claimants have died while waiting for decisions on their personal independence payment (PIP) claims since 2013.
One in four (4,330) of those who died were suffering from a form of cancer, while 270 had anxiety or depressive disorders. In more than half of cases (9,020), the main disability was not recorded.
Waiting times for PIP claims have risen over the last year, with the latest figurespublished by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing that the average waiting time for new claims is 14 weeks â€“ a rise of a month since March 2018.
Shadow disabilities Marsha de Cordova accused the government of allowing aÂ “cruel and callous” PIP assessment process toÂ createÂ a “hostile environment for disabled people”. Â
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