Latest from the DWP – New award review process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
“From 25th June there will be a change to the Award Review process. This follows feedback from claimants and representatives that under the existing process a face-to-face assessment isn’t always necessary.
Claimants will be sent a new shortened version of the ‘How your disability affects you form’ (AR1). It will be quicker and easier for claimants tell us what has changed about their health condition or disability since their last assessment.
DWP Decision Makers (DMs) will look at the information the customer provides on the form, along with any new supporting evidence and information from the previous assessment carried out by the assessment provider, to decide whether they can make a decision without referring the case to the assessment provider.
If they can’t make a decision based on this information, they will refer it to the assessment provider as usual.
The assessment provider may complete a paper based review or the customer may be invited to attend a face-to-face consultation.
An on-site Health Professional (HP) will be available to give DMs advice.”
See the BPF bulletin (Sept/Oct 2016) for a full explanation of this LATEST change