Good news for claimants on enhanced rates of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment covers some of the extra costs caused by long term disability or ill-health. The Secretary of State has announced measures to reduce the most severely disabled benefit claimants having their awards unnecessarily reviewed.

New guidance will ensure that people who are awarded the highest level of support under Personal Independence Payment, and whose needs are expected to stay the same or increase, will receive an ongoing award, with a ‘light touch’ review every 10 years so they no longer have to have their needs re-examined.

Previously this was going to only be applicable for new claims, but the Secretary of State has now taken steps to ensure this also applies to existing claims.

This is to ensure that for disabled people who need extra support, the system is designed to be as seamless as possible while minimising any unnecessary stress or bureaucracy.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-million-personalised-support-package-for-long-term-unemployed-disabled-people-launched – the information about PIP is about half-way down the press release.

4 Responses to “Good news for claimants on enhanced rates of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)”

  1. They don’t seem to apply those new rules at all. I was initially awarded enhanced rates for both mobility and dailiy living to run till June this year. All of my health conditions are,chronic, and there is no chance of improvement. And, one of my health conditions has dwteriorated, and will continue to do so.
    But, I just received the review forms from DWP! I called them and was told that ‘everyone has to go through the review’ including those with severe chronic illnesses, and whose codntions are likely to stay the same or get worse over the time! I kept challenging them with the new rules, and they kept referring tomthe ‘old ones’!

  2. Allison

    I was told after last review (2017) that I had been awarded enhanced rate PIP and maximum ESA until 2023 and so would not be contacted until 2022.
    I’ve just received a new WCA form.
    I’ve contacted my local MP’s office for help.

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