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‘Uneccessary’ PIP Reassessments To End

June 19, 2018

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The government has claimed it is going to put an end to “unnecessary” PIP reviews later this summer, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton announced today.

Newton claimed:

“We’ve listened to feedback from organisations and the public, and this common-sense change will ensure that the right protections are in place while minimising any unnecessary stress or bureaucracy.”

The DWP says it will issue new guidance which will mean that people who are:

  • awarded the highest level of support under PIP; and
  • whose needs are expected to stay the same or increase

will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a “light touch” review every 10 years.

According to the DWP:

“The government will be working with stakeholders to design the light touch review process so that it adds value for both our claimants and the department – for example, by providing information on services available and ensuring that contact or bank details have not changed.”

It sounds like the change will affect claimants who have an award of the enhanced rates of both the mobility and daily living component and whose condition is either very unlikley to change or where their condition is a progressive one which is only likely to become more severe over time.  However, we won’t know for sure until the DWP publish their detailed guidance.  We’ll give more details as soon as they become available.

You can read the full statement here

If the DWP sticks to this, it will be a big piece of progress that Same Difference has been calling for for quite some time. We have never agreed with regular reassessments for severely disabled people, for any benefit. We will follow this closely and hope for a victory when full details are published.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jeffrey davies permalink
    June 19, 2018 6:12 am

    will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a “light touch” review every 10 years.

    According to the DWP: yet this government has and will tell big fibs and realying on their promises hmm its words floating on the wind aktion t4 is rolling along quite nicely by these

  2. June 19, 2018 12:05 pm

    “If the DWP sticks to this, it will be a big piece of progress that Same Difference has been calling for for quite some time.”

    Really? Where?

    Still appear fine with three ‘assessments’ in four months for ESA tho.
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    I’ve heard nothing.

    • June 20, 2018 12:15 am

      “If the DWP sticks to this, it will be a big piece of progress that Same Difference has been calling for for quite some time.”

      Really? Where?

      STILL heard nothing.

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