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TOPIC: DUE FOR PIP REVIEW - 6 MONTHS AWARD EXTENSION

DUE FOR PIP REVIEW - 6 MONTHS AWARD EXTENSION 3 weeks 5 hours ago #247902

Hello Gordon and Everybody,

My fixed term PIP award is due to end in November 2020. It was awarded by the DWP, i.e. not after appeal by a tribunal.

I was told back in November 2019 by a DWP PIP phone advisor that it would be reviewed 6 months before it was due to end, after May 2020 (rather than 12 months before like they used to do, i.e. after November 2019). I still haven't received an AR1 Review form and was aware reviews and reassessments of disability benefits were not taking place because of the coronavirus crisis. Even so, I phoned the DWP PIP enquiry line (0800 121 4433) today to chase it up.

I was told by the DWP PIP phone advisor who looked at my case on her system that my award has been automatically extended by 6 months to May 2021. She told me it would not be reviewed currently as had previously been advised last November because of the coronavirus crisis. She told me a letter informing me of this extension will be sent out to me nearer the time of my current award's original end date.

I was confused. I thought only PIP awards due to actually end in the 3 months from 24th April 2020 were being extended by 6 months. But she assured me that it applies to reassessments and reviews due to take place in that period (i.e. mine, after 1st May 2020) and not just awards due to end.

I feel nervous about relying on this information from a phone advisor. She was adamant. But, I would have expected a letter being sent out to me in that case right now so that I have documentary evidence of my extended award. It would be all too easy to rely on a verbal reassurance from the DWP and then find in November 2020 that my PIP money is stopped because my award has ended.

Any thoughts?

Thank you.

Libra
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DUE FOR PIP REVIEW - 6 MONTHS AWARD EXTENSION 3 weeks 5 hours ago #247903

Hi Libra1

I would just wait for your letter. The person would not just have made it up. If you haven't heard anything by mid Sept, you have plenty of time to contact them and get a form in.

BIS
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DUE FOR PIP REVIEW - 6 MONTHS AWARD EXTENSION 3 weeks 4 hours ago #247904

Hi Bis,

You're right. Just nervous about not having a letter of confirmation.

I was awarded ESA support group in March 2020 - just recently. My decision letter apparently was sent out but I have never received it. And, so far, I have had no luck in getting a replacement decision letter issued to me. Hence, my lack of faith in the DWP's assurances.

I will just have to wait for a letter, then.

Thank you.

Libra

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