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New PIP Review Form

July 27, 2016

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.


Benefits and Work has obtained a sample copy of the Award Review (AR1) form introduced last month for personal independence payment (PIP) claimants. The form is being issued when a PIP award is due for renewal or where there is a change in a claimant’s condition or circumstances.

The Award Review form is meant to make it easier for claimants to tell the DWP what has changed without having to complete a whole ‘How your disability affects you’ form.

It is intended for use where a time-limited award is due for renewal or where claimants tell the DWP about a change in their circumstances. It may also be used where information provided by someone else suggests there may have been a change in a claimant’s condition.

The form is 12 pages long. It begins by explaining:

We know people’s lives can change making it easier or harder for people with a health condition or disability to do everyday things, so Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is awarded for a set time. This means we need to check to see if anything has changed.

For example, your needs may have changed, you may have had your home adapted, your medication or treatment may have changed or you may have worked out different ways to do things.

We need to ask about any changes in how your health condition or disability affects you since we last looked at your PIP claim.

This form is the easy way to tell us about any changes and help us get your PIP award right.

The form follows a standard format. So, for the ‘Preparing food’ activity, for example, you are asked to say whether doing so is:

  • Easier
  • Harder
  • No change

You are then asked what has happened and when. You are also asked to say how this has made things easier or harder in your life.

There are also questions about treatment and medication.

A decision maker will look at the form and either make a fresh decision based on the information in it, along with your previous assessment report and any new medical evidence, or refer the case to Maximus or Capita if they consider that more information is needed.

We’ll be publishing guidance on completing the AR1 in an updated version of our PIP guide later this summer.

Meanwhile, subscribers can download a sample copy of the PIP Award Review (AR1) form from the DWP Resources section of the PIP member’s area.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2016 1:47 am

    We went to an advice person to help my daughter in law to fill her form in as she has chronic ME and in the last 5 or 6 years sever mental health problems, after he filed it in he told her that she would have to go forva medical of if she could prove that she was most of the time house bound they will visit her at home, which they are this Thursday.He told us if you are going from invalidaty benefit to pip these its compulsory for a medical when your changeing benifits.
    At present my daughter in law gets low rate care and high rste motorbilaty he told he she would lose the mobility side as she could walk, I told him her wheel chair was outside his office as the office was the size of a shoe box, he then said she may get the mobility side we came out of his cupboard wondering what we had done we went for advce and help with form and its left my daughter in law worrird more than she was about losing her benegit this man has brought her mental health situation to boiling point again ,, im plesed for your benefit talesbthatbi read relighousl6yKeep up the good work and THANK YOU MARGARET X


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