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The government has announced that there will be no reviews or reassessments of benefits for three months from today, Tuesday 24 March. Awards of PIP which are due to end will be extended.

In a statement yesterday, the DWP announced that:

“We are automatically extending all awards and reassessments for health and disability benefits to provide that reassurance to those in receipt of them. “

The announcement covers all benefits, including:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).

Where an assessment has already taken place for PIP, the decision making process will continue.

If an assessment has been scheduled, the assessment provider should contact you to explain whether a paper or telephone assessment will take place.

Where awards of benefits are due to expire, the DWP will be extending end-dates so that your award continues at its current rate.

The DWP have said that “if people experience a change in their needs they are still encouraged to contact the Department to ensure they are receiving the correct level of support.”

From Thursday 19 March, existing claimants do not have to attend jobcentre appointments for three months.


#5 Shashi 2020-03-25 15:50
I called the dwp today to find out how much longer it would take for a decision to be made on my ESA claim since I had my face to face 4 weeks ago, I was told that due to the coronavirus situation they were extremely busy so no decision would be made yet and that I would remain on the assessment stage rate. I tried to put my argument forward that this should not be the case since the assessor herself had told me in her own words that she would be recommending that I be placed in the support group the assessor all though she was good also mentioned that they are the ones that tell decision makers what rate or group to put us in her exact words were "we tell them what to do" I was shocked and realized that it was because of a miss trained assessor that my pip claim points were deducted and her lies about me were believed because what "they" says go!! Dwp went onto tell me that I would remain on the lower rate for the foreseeable even though I'm getting near a £100 less a month then I was getting before applying for ESA
#4 Gordon 2020-03-24 19:15
Please do not post questions in the News area, you are not going to get an answer on here, post your questions in the forum where the MOds can answer them.

#3 apples6 2020-03-24 13:04
Hi I am still trying to find out if transfer overs from DLA to PIP
are suspended ????????????????
Or could the dreaded Brown Envelope still turn up
+1 #2 phrank 2020-03-24 11:44
Well, it took them some time to reassure PIP claimants who's award is due to end soon.

I'm glad they have clarified this. If I'm totally honest, I really can't see things getting back to normal in just three months.

#1 Annie 2020-03-24 11:00
My son is seriously mentally ill, he has had no PIP since April last year, both times he has gone for assessment the support has screwed it up,he is in the process of sorting it......but noe with all this what will/should happen?
Annie Holder

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