Disabled citizens suffering from faults in PIP system – Brady
Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called for immediate reform to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to resolve problems vulnerable people are experiencing in accessing payment.
The Newry & Armagh MP said:
“In too many cases PIP is letting disabled people down.
“The forms involved are extremely complex and assessments often don’t take into account the difficulties people face. This has led to many decisions which are open to appeal.
“Rule changes also mean that many people who used to get support are now losing out.
“The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) of over 80 charities and organisations surveyed over 1700 PIP claimants and found that almost 90% of respondents described their assessment as ‘stressful’.
“Over 75% of respondents agreed that the stress and anxiety associated with their PIP assessment had made their condition worse.
“This is unacceptable and is evidence of a failed system in dire need of reform.”