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Brady appeals for evidence on benefits assessments

16 August, 2012 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Fein's Welfare Rights spokesperson Mickey Brady has appealed for people to respond promptly to the Department of Social Development's consultation on benefits assessments.

The Newry and Armagh MLA said:

"Many of us working in the welfare sector would have concerns about the processes of the WCA (Work Capability Assessment) and its impact on our most vulnerable citizens.

“Therefore I am appealing to groups and individuals, particularly within the disability/mental health sectors and those that have already fallen foul of the system to bring that evidence forward and help us challenge and change this system.

“The Social Development Minister has launched a short consultation on the Work Capability Assessment process which closes on September 14th and its vital evidence is presented by those that know best such as advice workers and clients.

“There is no doubt that within our communities people are fearful of the whole Tory welfare reform agenda and through using our influence and presenting the facts we are seeking to protect those worst affected.

“I've written today to a range of groups in the sector appealing for them to avail of this opportunity and demonstrate the negative impact being experienced by many people undergoing this assessment process."

The document is available at:

Responses should be sent to:
[email protected]

The consultation runs until 14/09/2012

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