Changes Promised To Cut Stress Of PIP Assessments



By Lauren Harte in the Belfast Telegraph.


Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has vowed to improve the process for those applying for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) following a call to make the troubled system “fair and accessible for those who genuinely need it”.

When PIP was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2016, replacing Disability Living Allowance, the government said that it would be a fairer system as it took a wider look at the way an individual’s health conditions or disability affects them on a daily basis.

 However, after complaints about the process, an independent report was commissioned in 2018 and 14 recommended changes to the PIP assessment processes were put forward to the Department for Communities.

In response to a written question in the Assembly from North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne, Ms Hargey said her department has been proactively implementing the accepted recommendations from the PIP review.

This includes the introduction of audio recording of assessments since last November, while plans are being finalised to roll that service out for assessments carried out in applicants’ homes in spring 2020.


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