“If the voices of people with disabilities had been part of the development of this process, then this retrogressive approach would not have to be made,” said Ms Armstrong.
“The UK should be progressively seeking to include people with disabilities, not excluding them. The High Court ruling confirmed the approach taken has discriminated against people with mental health and learning disabilities.
“Locally, I look forward to the Department for Communities engaging with Capita to ensure inclusive and non-discriminatory assessments will begin immediately. We need to see staff completing assessments and being trained to not only understand but accept mental health and learning disabilities within their considerations.
“I ask the Department to confirm how many people in Northern Ireland will have to now be reassessed and what measures will be put in place to reduce stress and anxiety for applicants.”