Regular PIP reassessments scrapped for those on highest rates
Today (18 June) the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that people who get the highest rates of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) won't have to attend regular reviews.
From the summer people awarded the highest level of support under PIP, and where their needs are expected to stay the same or increase, will receive an ongoing award with a light touch review every ten years.
We welcome this announcement and are happy that the Government have listened to us after our 'get a grip on PIP' campaign last year. However, we believe that only half of people with Parkinson's will be covered by this change, as many don't qualify for the highest rates of PIP.
Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning, commented:
"This announcement will be welcomed by people with Parkinson's currently receiving the highest level of PIP, as they will now avoid needless and stressful annual reassessments.
"We know the assessment process is simply not fit for purpose, and does not recognise the reality of living with a long-term, progressive condition. PIP offers a vital lifeline; however, people with Parkinson's have told us they find the assessment process humiliating and stressful, with assessor's ignorance of Parkinson's commonplace.
"We look forward to working with the Department of Work and Pensions to review the guidance being given to assessors, and help make PIP fit for purpose."
The DWP have clarified that this will not be applied retrospectively to previous decisions. This will mean you could still face another assessment before getting the ongoing award.
This is something we will be campaigning to change, so that these awards can be given to those who already meet the criteria, without having to go to another assessment.
Applying for PIP or want to support our campaign
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To get help making a PIP claim, please contact the Parkinson's UK helpline on 0808 800 0303.