Government to review PIP awards

You may have heard or read news that the Government is going to review 1.6 million PIP awards.  They changed the PIP mobility descriptors last March, affecting people who could not travel independently on the grounds of ‘psychological distress’.  The Government were taken to the High Court late last year because this discriminated against people with mental health conditions.  They have to go back over all the decisions they have made.  They think that about 220,000 people will be affected – these people will be given a new decision.

The DWP has said it will be directly contacting anyone affected and additional payments would be backdated to the effective date in each claim. Claimants do not need to write to the DWP in order to receive the correct award, and will not have to undergo a new assessment.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that the DWP has refused to put a timetable on how long the review exercise will take, which could be years.  So if you want an answer sooner rather than later, you might like to consider adding a bit of pressure by contacting the DWP/writing to your MP, if the previous decision is causing you severe hardship (for some people it will have prevented them leaving home).

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