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A Coronavirus Update from DWP

Posted in General News on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today announced that all health and disability benefits will be extended to help claimants cope with the effects of the Coronavirus and to ensure that they continue to receive the allowances during this difficult time. This measure is effective from today (24th March) and it will be in place for the next three months. It applies to claimants of Universal Credit (UC), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. If a PIP claimant’s assessment has already taken place it will continue to be processed. If an assessment has been scheduled, claimants will be contacted by the assessment provider to discuss how this will be taken forward, but as mentioned previously, no reviews or reassessments will take place for the next three months. If a claimant of ESA or UC has had their case referred to a provider they will be contacted to take this forward.

The DWP has stated that the suspension of reviews and assessments will be reviewed on a regular basis and extended if necessary. However, if people experience a change in their needs they are advised to contact the DWP to ensure that they continue to receive the correct level of support. In the cases where benefit awards are due to expire the DWP will be extending the expiry dates so that these people continue to receive their benefits at this time.

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