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The DWP is reintroducing face-to-face assessments for some PIP, ESA and UC claimants from May 2021. The DWP say this will initially only be for claimants who cannot be fully assessed by other means.

According to a DWP press release, assessment centres are ‘fully compliant with COVID-19 safety measures’.

The DWP have issued detailed guidance for claimants asked to attend a face-to-face assessment, including claimants who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. It includes information about who you can bring with you, the use of face coverings and how to socially distance within the assessment centre.

There is also detailed guidance for assessment providers.

You can read the full press release here

Comments  

#4 Kevin 2021-04-06 13:15
It will be interesting to hear about how the first clinically extremely vulnerable claimants are handled via ESA assessments/rea ssessments. By definition any such claimant is NOT fit for work but will it always turn out this way?
#3 james 2021-04-03 17:31
this pandemic has given the dwp etc all the excuses it needs to fob off claiments for the next decade with all its backlogs etc.
and correct me hear and excuse my remark if it is wrong..but if a person has a oustanding claim to sickness benefit and then recieves a sheilding letter saying they are vunerable ...why are they having to be accessed?
#2 Hera123 2021-04-01 22:44
The Coroner in the Phillipa Day Inquest has asked for a response from the DWP by the 12th April 2021. This concerns his conclusion that Ms Day committed suicide due to the mishandling of her PIP claim by the DWP and the private health care assessor Maximus .

Phillipa was entitled to a home visit due to her mental health issues and had the support of a mental health RGN. The DWP didn't process the info correctly or handle her desperate phone calls with due care and attention so she was sent a face to face appointment letter with the warning her benefit would stop if she didn't attend.

The day the DWP plan to reintroduce "face to face assessment" (12th April) is also the day it is required to answer the Coroner's concerns regards the handling of those with mental health issues.

Anyone with mental health issues due to attend assessment should note what the DWP state on the 12th April concerning this case.
+3 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-03-29 16:03
What does this actually mean>>>>>>The DWP say this will initially only be for claimants who cannot be fully assessed by other means.??


Furthermore >>>>>> The DWP have issued detailed guidance for claimants asked to attend a face-to-face assessment, including claimants who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.


Surely the....clinical ly extremely vulnerable should not be reassessed period ! right !

Guess it's all hands on deck for the DWP, and their assessors who enjoy getting paid for their inaccurate assumptions, and reports.

Good luck to all we will be needing it.

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