PIP: Ombudsman To Start Benefits Investigation



From BBC News.


The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is to investigate how Stormont’s Department for Communities administers Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

PIP replaced the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit in June 2016.

The ombudsman Marie Anderson can investigate suspected maladministration in public services.

The Department for Communities said only 12 out of 180,000 decisions have been referred to it by the ombudsman.

Ms Anderson’s decision follows a proposal sent to the department in January, in which she said she had received a “significant number of complaints about PIP” since June 2016.

She also pointed out that a “high number” of the department’s decisions on PIP applications had been subsequently overturned by an appeal tribunal.


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