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Parents of autistic children describe Pip assessments as 'inherently unfair'

 Parents of autistic children met Department for Communities officials about Pip assessments

PARENTS of autistic children have described Pip assessments as “inherently unfair” during a meeting with Department for Communities (DfC) officials.

Eilish Stocks, mother of a 35-year-old claimant, said: “The benefits system is weighed towards the more articulate, the more informed and that is inherently unfair.”

Tommy Doherty, who represents parents in Mid-Ulster, also described the process “very stressful for the autistic child”.

Pip was introduced in the north in June 2016 as a replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64, with more than 125,000 people undergoing controversial re-assessments to see if they qualify.

A DfC spokesperson said after yesterday's meeting: “We will reflect on the points raised.”

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