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Disability benefits

Response: APPG for terminal illness’ inquiry into the legal definition of terminal illness

This paper focuses on the legal definition of terminal illness and highlights the issues raised by the current definition, the ‘six-month criterion’. Law Centre NI’s recommendations include the introduction of a definition of terminal illness based on clinical need rather than time-restricted understanding of life expectancy.

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Response: Independent review of PIP assessment (NI) process (2018)

In response to Walter Rader’s PIP review we make a number of recommendations to improve assessment process including: access to free audio recording for claimants; greater emphasis on identifying vulnerable claimants; an agreed process for accessing medical evidence and for carers to input into the assessment; improved accountability and transparency through the regular publishing of PIP data; an independent complaints process that looks at all aspects of the PIP journey.

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Briefing: The Rader PIP review - next steps (2018)

We provide a summary of the Rader PIP review recommendations and the Department of Communities' responses to them. We also provide a brief analysis of the recommendations and provide suggested next steps.

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Response: ESA arrears (2018)

Approximately 8,000 claimants in Northern Ireland have lost out of an average of £3,000 due administrative errors during the transfer from Incapacity Benefit to Employment & Support Allowance. In this response to the (Westminster) Public Accounts Committee’s Inquiry on ESA, we argue that all of these claimants should be awarded arrears.

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Response: ESA and work capability assessment (2014)

We explain that arrangements for work capability assessments are still inadequate for Employment and Support Allowance claimants with limited mobility. We also make the case for audio recordings of medical assessments.

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