An Chultúrlann, Falls Road
14th March: 7.30pm – 10.00pm (doors 7.00pm)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit being rolled out in NI as part of Welfare Reform to replace Disability Living Allowance.
With disastrous consequences in the UK, many people in Northern Ireland don’t know what to expect, what their outcome will be, and how to challenge it. This assessment is a cause of stress to many, already vulnerable through physical or mental illness and disability.
In a follow-up to her play Entitled, writer Fionnuala Kennedy, in partnership with Participation and Practice of Rights (pprproject.org) and An Chultúrlann, will invite three actors to live read an assessment for PIP based on real life accounts, followed by a panel discussion on this brutal process.
PPR support the Right to Work; Right To Welfare group – sick, disabled and unemployed people – to monitor the protection of the UNCESCR Right to Social Security in the application of the PIP assessment.
PPR have supported a number of sick and disabled people through every stage of the process and gathered unique audio and documentary evidence of the processes as they unfold which will inform the performances. PPR launched the Peoples Proposal campaign for due process and impact assessments BEFORE income is stopped in 2015. The Peoples Proposal is now supported by all Parties except the DUP, The Trade Union Movement, the Children’s Commissioner, and the majority of local councils as well as a spectrum of civil society groups.
We want to ask: is this process inhumane? Does the assessment abide by international human rights obligations to which the UK Government and NI Assembly are signatories? Is it right to exclude GP input and evidence in favour a 30-min interview with a ‘healthcare professional’ working for a private company? Is this new benefit costing more money than its saves and what is the human cost?