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A benefits assessment centre in Belfast was closed on Wednesday because dozens of people held a protest outside (Handout/Fiona Ferguson)

Benefits assessment centre closed due to protest

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A benefits assessment centre in Belfast was closed on Wednesday because dozens of people held a protest outside.

“Assessors are telling people that the trauma they suffered and are suffering from as a result of the conflict is not relevant.

A benefits assessment centre in Belfast was closed on Wednesday because dozens of people held a protest outside

“People with serious mental health issues are being re-traumatised by the process.

A statement from Capita said: “We can confirm that there was a protest outside our Linenhall Street assessment centre this afternoon.

“The welfare and safety of visitors and staff to the centre is paramount, and so, on learning of the protest, we took the decision to close the centre.

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