Personal Independence Payment: Hearing Impairment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Flick Drummond Flick Drummond Conservative, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that deaf young people aged 16 to 19 are treated appropriately during assessments for personal independence payments.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) consultations are undertaken by Health Professionals trained in disability assessments and understanding the complex effects of living with a health condition or disability. Our providers will meet any reasonable request to accommodate all claimants, including 16 – 19 year olds, who have additional requirement such as deaf-language interpreters. Claimants can also bring their own interpreter to the consultation.

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