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The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended all disability reviews and assessments for three months, and is to hire 1,5000 new staff to deal with a surge of new claims for benefits.
Last week the DWP suspended all face to face assessments for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance, and suspended all face to face job centre interviews, but has been forced to go further as the coronavirus crisis deepens.
#Coronavirus: We are urging people to use online services first, helping keep phone lines free for those who really need them.
Our job centres are fully committed to supporting people facing challenges during these extraordinary times. To help people most effectively and efficiently, we need people to claim online. If you cannot get online, phone us for help and we will only see people face to face in our job centres if invited.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said this morning that more lives will be lost if people in London continue to travel into work unnecessarily.
He was speaking as pictures appeared on social media that appear to show some tube carriages crammed with passengers this morning.
Seats on the train all had at least one person so people needed to stand, and the District line was busy as well. I still don’t think things have improved as a large amount of people are commuting early in the morning.
It is concerning because I have to come to work. The choice isn’t there and my commute is quite long. I worry for my health more on my commute than actually being in the hospital.