Minister for Disabled People announces that nobody will have to have a further face to face assessment in PIP review and nobody will have money taken off of them.
An interesting twist in the review of PIP cases announced by Esther McVey last month.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has promised that no disabled people will have their benefits reduced because of its decision to review 1.6 million personal independence payment (PIP) claims.
This is an interesting development, in that it appears to widen the scope of the proposed review of existing PIP claims to all past and current claims.
The review follows last month’s decision by the new work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, that she would not appeal a court ruling that found new rules relating to Mental Health and mobility introduced last year by DWP were unlawful.
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Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people has announced that, following Esther McVey’s decision not to appeal the court ruling, the DWP would review every one of the 1.6 million PIP claims that have been made since the benefit was introduced in 2013 to see how many had been wrongly assessed and were now entitled to backdated PIP payments.
Sarah Newton's announcement refers to a much larger number of cases to be reviewed than was inferred in Esther McVey's announcement which was specifically referring to the cases affected by the change to PIP regulations in March 2017.
The review will include all those previously found ineligible for the benefit after being assessed by DWP and its contractors, Atos and Capita.
Of course, an inevitable consequence of reviewing all PIP claims is that the review will take much longer to complete and this in turn will mean that some people are going to have a long wait before they find out pdf they are due any back dated premiums.
The cost of implementing the court judgement is estimated to be up to £3.7 billion over the next five years.
Sarah Newton has also said that no-one would see their benefits reduced as a result of the review.
Sarah Newton has also promised that no-one would need to have another face-to-face assessment because of the review, which will be based on “existing information”, although DWP may need to contact some claimants and their doctors for further information.
Sarah Newton told MPs: “Nobody is going to be called in for a face-to-face assessment, and nobody is going to have money taken away from them.”
Of the 1.6 million people who have tried to claim PIP since 2013 the DWP had estimated that about 220,000 could see higher payments.
The DWP have already started to recruit more people to help with the PIP review and Sarah Newton has promised that the department would not have to make savings elsewhere in its budget to fund the work and the extra PIP payments.
We haven't seen any details of how the review is going to be completed or when it is due to start. As for an end date for the review, we would say that any date that is given by the DWP will inevitably move several more than a few times.
So, if you have been wondering if your PIP claim is going to be one of the cases that is reviewed, the answer now appears to be, yes it is. However,how it will be reviewed, when it will be reviewed or how effective the review will be are questions that we currently don't have answers to at the present time.
At the present time, we would advise that until it becomes clear how and when the PIP review will take place that the majority of people should wait before considering asking the DWP to review their PIP award. However if you are considering trying to get a review completed before the large scale review commences, you may want to take a look at our article on how to request a mid claim review here
Our previous article on Esther McVey's announcement in January can be found here
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