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19/09/2021

Foyle MLA says new PIP measures must be implemented in the North

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SDLP MLA for Foyle Mark H Durkan has said new measures for for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) must be implemented in the north of Ireland. He said in light of the Department for Work and Penion’s announcement that PIP claimants with severe life-long conditions will no longer have to go through regular reviews to maintain their PIP award, that the Department for Communities must clarify when these new rules will be implemented here. Mr Durkan commented: “Though this change is a step in the right direction, it is frustrating that this Tory Government will only make such changes after intense pressure is exerted on them, rather than implementing fair legalisation that protects, not punishes, in the first instance “In light of this announcement, my colleague and SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon has written to the Department for Communities to ask for a full list of what medical conditions this light touch review will apply to, what exactly this light touch review means for claimants and when exactly it comes into effect here in Northern Ireland. "The SDLP will continue to challenge this cruel system that’s sole intent is seemingly to make life harder for claimants, rather than offering financial assistance set to alleviate stress and help those living with disabilities to live as full a life as possible.”

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