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