The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently confirmed that ongoing Personal Independence Payment (PIP) awards will now be provided to those who meet the criteria, without having to go through another face-to-face assessment.
From August 2018, the DWP introduced new guidance that meant people receiving ongoing awards, where their needs were expected to stay the same or increase, would have a light touch review every 10 years.
This was only going to be happen for ongoing awards from 1 August 2018, but Parkinson's UK has been successful in urging the DWP to backdate this guidance. It now applies to all long-term awards from 2013, when PIP was introduced.
How it will this new process work?
Shortly before a person is due to have their PIP award reviewed, the DWP will look at their case to see if they meet the criteria for the ongoing award.
If they do meet the criteria, the claimant will receive a new decision granting them the ongoing award without having to go through another assessment.
Positive news, but more to do
Parkinson's UK Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser Michael Griffin commented:
"This further change to PIP is great news and will be welcomed by people with Parkinson's. We frequently hear that the stress and anxiety of needless benefit assessments can make people's symptoms worse, so it is great to see the Government listening to our concerns.
"Although this latest decision is great news, more needs to be done. There are still too many bad decisions being made because assessors and decision makers don’t understand Parkinson's. When these bad decisions are challenged some people wait over a year before their case is heard at a Tribunal. No one should have to wait a year to get the benefit they are entitled to.
"This is something we will want to change, and Parkinson's UK will be campaigning to reduce these waiting times, so people with Parkinson's do not have to face the loss of income and stress caused by such long delays."
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