AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to outline her plans to address the backlog of outstanding Personal Independence Payment appeals. Minister for Communities: My department continues to list benefit appeals, including PIP appeals, for hearing despite the challenges faced as a result of the pandemic. To maximise listing capacity TAS … Continue reading AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what protective measures are being put in place at medical assessment centres for Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance applications for people with increased health susceptibilities. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: Minister Hargey’s announcement on 16 March confirmed that … Continue reading AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

AQW 396/17-22 – Affordable Warmth Scheme Eligibility Criteria

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster):  To ask the Minister for Communities whether she will amend the eligibility criteria to make the Affordable Warmth Scheme more accessible by increasing the income threshold for the scheme and that Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Carer's Allowance and Attendance Allowance be excluded from the calculation of income; and, … Continue reading AQW 396/17-22 – Affordable Warmth Scheme Eligibility Criteria

SDLP Representatives and Law Centre hold Public Meeting on Welfare Reform

Mid Ulster SDLP representatives along with the Law Centre NI held a well-attended Welfare 'Reform' Public Meeting in Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera on Tuesday 26th February. As well as the Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone and local Councillors, Martin Kearney and Christine McFlynn, the SDLP MLA for East Derry, John Dallat was also present. The meeting … Continue reading SDLP Representatives and Law Centre hold Public Meeting on Welfare Reform

SDLP Raise Concerns with Audit Office over Welfare Reforms

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has met with the Auditor General, Kieran Donnelly, to raise concerns over ongoing changes to the welfare system in Northern Ireland. The Mid Ulster MLA accompanied SDLP MLAs, Nichola Mallon and Claire Hanna, at the meeting on Wednesday. Mr McGlone said, "Yesterday Nichola Mallon, Claire Hanna and I … Continue reading SDLP Raise Concerns with Audit Office over Welfare Reforms