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The DWP has announced that existing PIP claimants who are over pension age will now be covered by the light touch review system, meaning that they will only be assessed every ten years.

Back in May we revealed that new PIP claimants whose review would have been scheduled after they had reached State Pension age would instead receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at 10 years.

At the time, Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:

“We are determined to improve our support for disabled people, and stopping needless PIP reviews for pensioners is the right thing to do.

“This step means new claimants to PIP who reach State Pension age before their review is due won’t have one unless they tell us their needs have changed, and the next step is to bring this in for all pensioners.”

The DWP has now announced that the 10 year light touch review has been extended to existing PIP claimants above State Pension age. The department claims that 290,000 claimants will benefit from this latest move.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“I want the benefit system to be a source of support for disabled people, not a source of worry. That’s why we’re scrapping needless PIP reassessments for pensioners whose situation is unlikely to change.

“This underlines our commitment to ensuring that the most vulnerable get the support they’re entitled to.”

The switch to light touch reviews for claimants of pensionable age was announced back in March of this year but no timetable for its full introduction was given at that time.


+3 #15 sammy1653 2020-01-16 20:00
Anyone know that if you are over 65 and on pip will I be automatically be put on the 10yr light touch.I am due for assessment nov2020 after being put on pip from dla for 3 years..
#14 lesley 2019-07-24 09:20
Dear Wotsitallabout,
I am just a year behind you, an approaching 72 year old, still on DLA and so far managed to escape the transfer. I was 65 before April 2013.
Although I have the high rate DLA care I only ever received low rate DLA for mobility and now no chance of getting anything higher despite very impaired mobility. Post traumatic ankle fracture progressed into chronic very painful osteoarthritis. Plus one knee replacement, other packing up.
Still I am grateful for my care component of DLA which I use mostly for cabs to get me around and other private services for care.

I am expecting an announcement any day that the transfer process will be extended to us pensioners still on DLA. So therefore I keep up my subscriptions to this site as a safety net. I just don’t allow myself to take anything for granted especially where this government is concerned. Yuk, Boris and crew and now Priti Patel returning to the play, scary!
+2 #13 wotsitallabout? 2019-07-19 16:03
I'm a pip pensioner of 71 I went from DLA to PIP in 2016 to be reviewed
in 2021 the whole transfer was a nightmare with the stress I became sicker both in mind and body. does anyone know if I will have a light touch award. and is there a forum for pip pensioners or a comments thread thanks
#12 Telestar 2019-07-19 08:05
I am on DLA high rate for both parts which is a lifetime award. I am now 66. with this 10 year light touch. Is there any chance that they will move me over to PIP with just a light touch review.
#11 Abe 2019-07-18 13:18
My enhanced rate awards for both mobility and care is till 2021. I reached state pension age in March 2019 and am in state pension now. How will this light touch review affect me?
#10 angela 2019-07-18 02:17
I.Tabby cat, I turned 70 in march of this year and in 2016 at the age of 67, I received a letter from the DWP telling me that my lifetime award of DLA, enhanced in both components, was due to end because I was 64 yrs old and not 65 in the april of 2013 when PIP replaced DLA.
After applying for PIP, I was awarded enhanced mobility but went from enhanced daily living to standard for 4 years. The nurse who assessed me stated that my physical disabilities were never likely to improve. So I too am not sure if I am to be assessed before the light touch in 10 years.If you were not 65 years old when PIP was introduced in 2013, it is likely that you will have to apply for PIP. I wish you all the luck when you are asked to transfer to PIP. I had a stroke and have left sided paralysis and really should have had the enhanced daily living as I do need a lot of care, but I going through all the stress of appealing would be too much for me to cope with. I myself wss a general nurse for 35 years, and so I know that I'm not going to get any better. I would also add that my assessor told quite a few untruths. That is what they are paid to do. It really is a shambles and not fit for purpose.
#9 angela 2019-07-18 01:53
I turned 70 in march of this year. I had been awarded enhanced daily living and mobility dla when I was 58. Because I was 64 in April 2013 I received a letter from DWP in 2016 at the age of 67, informing me that my DLA award was about to end and was invited to apply for pip. I had a I had a face to face assessment and received enhanced mobility but but my enhanced daily living w
+1 #8 susie1952Davies 2019-07-17 14:54
I'm 67 years old and received my DLA to PIP papers 5 days ago, will i
still have to complete the forms. I became a pensioner at 61 and 10 months old. 5 years plus ago. I had a DLA lifetime award.
Ive read the new notifications, but not sure what it means. Very confused
#7 jacksmum1 2019-07-11 19:02
My PIP was due to be reviewed in 2020, I also hit state pension age in February 2019. I notified them of a new diagnosis of COPD and was also made to fill in a form for assessment on the 9June 2019, I argued but was still forced to fill it in. This I did but so far have heard nothing...but then I did include a copy of my ESA assessment I had to attend in January just two weeks before I became an official pensioner at the age of 65yrs.....? With this new ruling do you think they have decided to finally leave me alone for 10 years??
#6 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2019-07-11 16:54

Hi I was to believe that all DLA claimants would be invited to claim for PIP. As I too was on DLA and there was no transition from DLA to PIP, it meant they called you in for an assessment, obviously on purpose so that many claimants would lose their original awards. Or their awards would be downgraded.
#5 Sweetheart 2019-07-11 15:41
Hi my husband is on PIP award till October 2019, High rate both elements, he had a hip replacement last year and is awaiting a knee and 2nd hip replacement over the next couple of years due to severe osteo arthritis, also has anxiety and depression, following todays news will he be sent a review form do you know or be left alone, many thanks
#4 Dug1 2019-07-10 18:58
I have just reached pension age (July) I have a lifetime DLA award do I still have to go through an assessment ?
+1 #3 ben1 2019-07-10 15:26
My husband is in the same position as Tabbycat
#2 Denbo17 2019-07-10 12:11
Do you know what’s happening with someone who is 66 and still on dla and on a lifetime award , do they have to go through the torturous pip form to be transferred over and then be eligible for the light touch award

Yeh! Me too Tabbycat: I'me a pensioner and my last assessment for DLA was done by a fully qualified Doctor, "the full monty examination" and was given an award for life. I have now been forced under duress, to have been examined by ATOS or their new name Independent Assessment Services. She said she was a nurse for 18 years and apart from all the lies that she had put in her assessment, she also failed to notice that I may have been having a heart attack, after telling her that I was having pains in my chest and stomach. Put in her assessment that she didn't notice because she was typing. They give you a safety net to help you through the rest of your time and then they just swiftly cut it away. Just waiting to hear the result that they throw at me.
#1 Tabbycat 2019-07-10 07:46
Do you know what’s happening with someone who is 66 and still on dla and on a lifetime award , do they have to go through the torturous pip form to be transferred over and then be eligible for the light touch award

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