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The government has claimed it is going to put an end to “unnecessary” PIP reviews later this summer, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton announced today.

Newton claimed:

“We’ve listened to feedback from organisations and the public, and this common-sense change will ensure that the right protections are in place while minimising any unnecessary stress or bureaucracy.”

The DWP says it will issue new guidance which will mean that people who are:

  • awarded the highest level of support under PIP; and
  • whose needs are expected to stay the same or increase

will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a “light touch” review every 10 years.

According to the DWP:

“The government will be working with stakeholders to design the light touch review process so that it adds value for both our claimants and the department – for example, by providing information on services available and ensuring that contact or bank details have not changed.”

It sounds like the change will affect claimants who have an award of the enhanced rates of both the mobility and daily living component and whose condition is either very unlikley to change or where their condition is a progressive one which is only likely to become more severe over time.  However, we won't know for sure until the DWP publish their detailed guidance.  We’ll give more details as soon as they become available.

You can read the full statement here

Comments  

#7 ianinpain 2018-08-21 17:55
Changes to PIP guidelines – The “light touch”
Like most other government legislation it is shrouded in ambiguity e.g. the use of the words "light touch",
For those of us who have been awarded both PIP components at the Enhanced Rate we will have to wait in suspense until a number of persons in a similar position regarding the PIP award experience exactly what the "light touch" incorporates.
Instead of lessening the worry of each PIP claimant this mysterious “light touch” will result in increasing anxiety for at least the next 6 years; this being the most likely minimum time-award period that will be receiving the "light touch"
ianinpain
#6 Brianp 2018-06-27 12:19
Is dementia in the criteria of light touch does anyone know?
#5 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-06-19 20:58
Quoting Jane12:
PIP review! Help please... :-( It's less than two years ago that I got PIP (after having lost my motability car when being moved from DLA!), and now I get the PIP review form. It took 11 days to get here from Belfast, and thus leaving me less time to fill in before the 7th July. But above all: am feeling trauma signals re filling it out. What do I need to be aware of with this PIP review form? Can anyone advise me please? How can I get an ongoing PIP award? I have a lifelong and deteriorating condition, and now this ridiculous stress - I am above 60 too!


Jane12.
I really feel for you this PIP is a whole Sorry mess and is just wrong.
I'm afraid you won't get an ongoing award unless they say so it's a rare as hens teeth to be put in this category. Just try to stay positive I know it's hard to do. I've got ESA now on my back it's a joke. Take care.
#4 morgandlin 2018-06-19 10:46
If they are virtually exempting those with proven, deteriorating and degenerative conditions, that does appear to be a minor step in the right direction, as are the exemptions with ESA.
-1 #3 Jane12 2018-06-19 02:17
PIP review! Help please... :-( It's less than two years ago that I got PIP (after having lost my motability car when being moved from DLA!), and now I get the PIP review form. It took 11 days to get here from Belfast, and thus leaving me less time to fill in before the 7th July. But above all: am feeling trauma signals re filling it out. What do I need to be aware of with this PIP review form? Can anyone advise me please? How can I get an ongoing PIP award? I have a lifelong and deteriorating condition, and now this ridiculous stress - I am above 60 too!
#2 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-06-19 00:16
I'm also ongoing Enhanced both, my decision letter clearly states after 10 years. I got mine Oct 2017. Till October 2027. So what I wonder what a Light touch review.. What does this really mean?.
#1 pusscatsmum 2018-06-18 20:49
I wonder what the 'light touch' will mean.

I admit I have an 'ongoing' award PIP received the other year and yes I expect a review in approx 7-8 yrs time. I presume mine will be a 'light touch' !!!!interesting

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