Mullan seeks interventions over ‘cruel’ PIP assessments

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan  is calling on the Public Services Ombudsman and the Auditor General to probe the ‘cruel and unnecessary’ way in which Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments are being implemented here.

She said : “A series of recent cases have exposed the cruel and arbitrary nature of the PIP assessments being carried out by Capita on behalf of the Department for Communities.

“There is no justification for the way in which many of these assessments are being conducted and the inexplicable scoring of severely disabled people has caused considerable and understandable public anger.

“We have challenged the Department for Communities but they have yet to provide any suitable explanation or produce any plan to rectify this situation.

“My party also raised the unacceptable nature of the PIP assessment process and Tory welfare cuts with the British Prime Minister Theresa May in a meeting at Stormont yesterday.

“The cruel and unnecessary way in which PIP assessments are being carried out is entirely unacceptable and Sinn Féin will continue to pursue every avenue to oppose them.

“We have been in contact with both the Public Services Ombudsman and the Auditor General in order to ask them to investigate how this is being handled because I believe both Capita and the department are clearly failing in their duty of care to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”