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Patsy McGlone 7th February 2018

McGlone Welcomes Review of PIP Cases by Department for Communities

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed the announcement of a review of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) cases by the Department for Communities. The review will mirror the one announced last week by the Department of Works and Pensions in Britain and follows on from a court ruling that said the current system was "discriminatory".

Mr McGlone said, “I welcome the announcement of a review of PIP cases by the Department for Communities.

“The SDLP successfully lobbied the Department for an extension of the review announced last week by the Department of Works and Pensions in Britain to include claimants here.

“We believed that an extension to that review was inevitable following the court ruling that the existing system discriminated against people with mental health conditions.

“I have sought assurances from the Department that the necessary amendment of legislation, and review of cases likely to have already been affected by the prior interpretation of PIP Mobility Component, will be completed promptly.

“I have also sought clarification on whether the Department will interpret claims currently under assessment as if the amended legislation was already in place.

“For many people, particularly those with mental health issues, the assessment process has often been a traumatic experience and they should not have to go through more form-filling or assessment on the back of this ruling.

“In the absence of a functioning Executive the SDLP will continue to work with the Department to ensure that the review is progressed immediately.

“We will be seeking further assurances from the Department that no one will be left worse off as a result of this review.”

 

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