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Brady calls out Tory welfare culture of ‘shame and punishment’

21 November, 2017 - by Mickey Brady

Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has observed PIP assessment procedures which he says reflects a Tory culture of ‘shame and punishment’ towards welfare recipients.

Micky Brady MP said:

“Fundamental flaws and a culture of demeaning claimants is appearing at the heart of the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) system.

“Through my work in recent weeks I have observed serious procedural problems that reflect a wider culture of shame and punishment with which the Tories treat welfare recipients.

“The forms involved are extremely and deliberately complex. In cases I have observed, some assessments are degrading and ridiculous in their nature.

“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 Sinn Féin will be seeking a meeting with Capita in the time ahead to demand immediate changes to how PIP recipients are treated.”

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