A number of changes which would affect millions of people claiming benefits are being considered by the DWP.

The department is looking at making improvements to how it assesses benefits claims, including introducing video recordings of assessments and reducing the frequency of repeat assessments.

If brought in, the changes would apply to every single Universal Credit, personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) claimant, Yorkshire Live reports.

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It comes after data showed that from November last year there were 3.5 million working-aged people with health conditions making at least one claim. This included 1.6 million people who were claiming for both.

What has the DWP said?

Earlier this year the DWP said a "sizeable minority of people are not content" with their experience of claiming Universal Credit, PIP and ESA.

"For example, nine percent of PIP decisions have been appealed through a tribunal. We want to ensure more people have a positive experience," it said, adding that people said assessment reports were "not always accurate and that this could lead to poor decisions being made.

"Some people found our application and assessment processes difficult and stressful.

"People sometimes had to provide the same information during the assessment process more than once. People felt Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) and PIP assessments were repetitive. People wanted more say in where their assessments took place. People felt repeat assessments were unnecessary where they had a condition that would not improve."

What changes are being proposed?

In its health and disability green paper the department outlined a number of possible changes it could make to give claimants a better experience. They are:

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