MP’s concern over disabled travel ordeal

MP Gordon Marsden

MP Gordon Marsden

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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has stepped up his campaign for a centre in Blackpool for people needing assessments for benefits including personal independence payments (PIP).

At the moment, residents have to travel to Preston.

Mr Marsden, who raised the issue during a recent Commons debate, said the failure of the Government and ATOS was making life increasingly difficult for people in Blackpool.

He said: “It’s unacceptable people being assessed for this new benefit should have to be put under additional stress when they may already be in ill health, vulnerable and with mobility and cost issues, having to travel to Preston.

“Back in June, a housebound constituent contacted me after applying for employment and support 
allowance. Despite being unable to leave her home, ATOS said an assessment at her home wouldn’t be possible.”