The DWP has announced that face-to-face assessments for benefits “remain suspended, but kept under review”. But PIP and DLA “review and reassessment activity” will gradually resume from this month.
In a statement released yesterday the DWP say that the temporary suspension of face-to-face assessments brought in three months ago “to protect people from unnecessary risk of coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, will remain in place following a consideration of the latest public health guidance. We will announce any changes to this in due course.”
The DWP stressed that all their services remain available and that people can still make a fresh claim or inform them about a change of circumstances.
The statement went on to say that:
“We will shortly be restarting review and renewal activity in PIP and DLA, starting with those claims which were already underway when this activity was suspended.
“We will shortly be writing out to some PIP and DLA claimants asking them to complete paperwork to resume their reviews, reassessments and renewals. For PIP cases where paperwork has already been returned, claimants may be contacted by one of our Assessment Providers.”