DWP sends new PIP letter and 'scraps' face-to-face assessments for most

A new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) letter has landed on doorsteps with assessments scrapped for "most". The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued a fresh form over face-to-face assessments scrapped.

The DWP says "in most cases” people coming to the end of their 10-year award for PIP will not be required to attend a face-to-face assessment. It comes following a new, shorter PIP review form that is being sent out to those with a ‘light-touch’ award, which is typically for between five and 10 years.

Sections on the PIP review form covers a claimant's identity and contact details, immigration status and main healthcare professional alongside details of any changes to your health condition or disability and details of any changes to your daily living needs.

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Details of any changes to your mobility needs and your consent to allow the DWP to collect further information, are also listed, with 16 questions including your name and your date of birth and also your address.

Other questions listed are 'Is this a hospital, hospice or other residential or nursing care accommodation?' and your correspondence address, as well as a phone number DWP can contact you on and: 'Have there been any changes to your immigration status?'.

The DWP adds: "Tell DWP anything they need to know about how they communicate with you - additional space is provided to write an answer." It also asks for GP details of their name, job, phone number and the address where they work?.

Questions 13, 14 and 15 are given the most amount of space on the form to write additional information. It also reminds people: “PIP is assessed on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.”

The questions include 'Have there been any changes in your health condition or disability since DWP last awarded you PIP?', 'Have your daily living needs changed since DWP last made a decision on your PIP?' and 'Have your mobility needs changed since DWP last made a decision on your PIP?'.

The final question is 'Do you give consent for your doctor or other relevant professionals to give DWP more information about your health condition or disability?'