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Changes to PIP review Process

Posted in General News on Friday, March 8th, 2019

Many disabled pensioners will no longer have to go through unnecessary reassessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Instead of continuing to receive regular reviews of their benefit amount, when they reach State Pension age they will have what the government is calling a “light touch” review every 10 years. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is also looking to combine the separate assessments for PIP, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit into one integrated assessment process by 2021. It is thought that this will improve the efficiency of the system by reducing the need for claimants to submit the same information more than once, and for some, it will reduce the number of face-to-face assessments that they need to attend. Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, stated that she will be reviewing the government’s aim of seeing one million more disabled people in work by 2027 to see if the plan can be made more ambitious. As part of this plan the DWP will continue to work with stakeholders to make sure they communicate with claimants as effectively as possible to let them know what information they need to submit with their initial claim, this is in an effort to reduce the amount of cases taken to tribunal. Amber Rudd commented: “I want to change the landscape for disabled people in Britain. Progress has been made, but we need to do more to close the gap between our intentions and disabled people’s experiences. The changes I am setting out today, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners, are a step forward in improving quality of life for the UK’s 14 million disabled people. But we can’t achieve change alone, and I will be guided by disabled people as we work together to provide the opportunities and support they deserve and expect.

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Patrick McDermott

Monday, March, 11th, 2019

There would not be the need for so many tribunals if the assessments were carried out by suitably qualified doctors rather than physios, nurses etc. How can a physio be qualified to assess a disabled person with mental health issues? The whole system is flawed by assessments being carried out by DWP outsourced staff who do not have the specialist knowledge necessary. Disability isn't "a one size fits all" issue but comprises of a very complex range of disabilities both physical, mental and other types.

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Sandra Owen

Tuesday, March, 12th, 2019

Pip should automatically be given to people who have been on D L A for indefinitely,, you speak to most people who was getting D L A are getting kick of the benefit, and when you get a copy of the report ,,there reading things that never happened ,in there interviews.My report was 100 percent fabricated,,it said things that never happened ,, these people are not doctors ,,there more or less saying to all them specialist,you see over years,that got you D L A,,are and were wrong ,, know body knows you more about your symptoms than your specialist,,they need to change the one to one's,, as they are making there decisions,,on things there not qualified for

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Sandra Owen

Tuesday, March, 12th, 2019

The reason people are getting kicked of there benefit is because people are making decisions, that arnt qualified to do so ,,there saying they know more than the specialist,your under,,and there not ,it's wrong

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Peter Tysoe

Monday, March, 11th, 2019

These proposals are a welcome step forward, but Amber Rudd is delusional if she thinks they will fix everything that's wrong with the current system. The main reason for the amount of cases taken to tribunal is not insufficient or incorrect information submitted with initial claims, it's the inaccurate assessments carried out by commercial contractors, often by so-called health professionals who have no specialist knowledge of, or training in, the particular disabilities of an applicant.

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Sarah Luker

Sunday, May, 12th, 2019

The whole process from trying to fill in the form which is stressful on its own. Due to having a stroke part way through filling the form out was given two further extensions. Tried to get an outside source or citizens advice to help with the form but couldn't help fit it in in the alloted time. I was awarded pip but not at the rates I should have got. When I got the form back there was so much on there that I hadn't said or had been ignored, things like I walked in with a normal gate. I was in a wheelchair. It's right to many people are just to I'll to appeal like myself and can't bear the stress of appealing. I think you should be given the choice to have the interview recorded, at least things can't be changed of fabricated to make your condition not as serve as your saying. But the people who really need the help are being failed...