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Claimants still waiting to hear if their PIP award has been extended because of the pandemic should be told by early 2021, the government has said.

According to Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, the DWP plans to have decided who will get extensions and informed them of the decision by an unspecified date early next year. This includes claimants whose award was made by a tribunal rather than the DWP.

In answer to a written question on the subject, Tomlinson stated:

“The Department has been automatically applying extension of awards of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for all decisions in scope of the Covid-19 easements including those decisions first instated at First Tier Tribunals. All customers receiving an extension will be notified of their new award end date early 2021, the planned completion date for all extension activity.”

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#3 Appletart 2021-01-12 12:12
If you have been given an extension and told you don’t have to do anything, then why are pip awards being stopped due to them not informing us? They say it’s up to us to start a claim 6 months before an award is due to expire, but what is the incentive to do so if given an extension and risk being assessed and then the pip being reduced or taken away. Many vulnerable people are being duped.
#2 Geoff 2020-12-30 11:43
We received a letter in November stating the PIP for our disabled son would be extended to November 2021 - this morning (30/12/2020) a review form arrived for completion by the 19/01/2021 - go figure!
#1 Peeved 2020-12-29 13:09
If only the DWP were actually doing what the minister is stating. My daughters award ended recently because DWP had nit applied the extension or sent her anything to notify her. They just stopped payment and then told her she would have to start her claim all over again. Yet another example of the minister stating one thing and the DWP ignoring what’s been said and doing what it pleases.

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