PIP Is Unfair To Autistic Claimants

Same Difference

The process of assessing autistic people for new disability benefits is unfair, a group of parents has claimed.

The group met the Department for Communities at Stormont to discuss the changes to the benefits system.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as part of a UK-wide reform of the welfare system.

The department said 56% of people with learning difficulties whose claims were reassessed “saw their award increased”.

However, the same statistics show that 30% of claimants with learning difficulties saw their payments either stopped or reduced.

Parents of autistic claimants have highlighted problems with the application forms, and politicians have criticised the system’s “black and white” approach to a complex issue.

‘Felt bullied’

Eilish Stocks has a son called Patrick who is 35 and has severe learning difficulties.

She described the whole benefits assessment process as a “nightmare” right from the beginning.

“I just…

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