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Trainee interpreters will not assess deaf PIP claimants!
Trainee interpreters will no longer be used in PIP assessments for members of the deaf community.
Assessments for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) sees claimants assessed on their ability to carry out different tasks, with a sign-language interpreter required for people who are deaf.
On occasion, trainee interpreters were made available.
Outsourcing company Capita, who carry out the assessments on behalf of the Department for Communities, has announced it will now be providing NRCPD-registered sign language interpreters.
It follows pressure on the Department from the deaf community and SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon.
Read more here.