Press release

Thousands of pensioners to benefit from PIP assessment overhaul

Unnecessary reassessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are today (9 July 2019) being scrapped for around 290,000 disabled pensioners.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd first announced in March that people receiving PIP who have reached State Pension age will no longer have their awards regularly reviewed, instead moving to a light touch review at 10 years.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said:

I want the benefit system to be a source of support for disabled people, not a source of worry. That’s why we’re scrapping needless PIP reassessments for pensioners whose situation is unlikely to change.

This underlines our commitment to ensuring that the most vulnerable get the support they’re entitled to.

Light touch reviews will mean pensioners will not be asked to attend a face-to-face assessment unless their needs have changed.

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:

I want to ensure we live in a fair and decent society in which all of us, whatever age or ability, have an equal chance to live a fulfilling life.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone receives the support they’re entitled to, allowing them to live independently.

Last month this improvement was applied to all new PIP claimants who reached State Pension age before their planned re-assessment. From today it will start being applied to existing PIP claimants over State Pension age.

The changes will benefit pensioners whose personal circumstances are unlikely to change.

PIP was introduced in 2013 to replace the outdated Disability Living Allowance (DLA) system. PIP is a fairer benefit, which assesses the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them while completing daily activities, such as cooking or taking a shower.

Other recent improvements to PIP include trialling the video recording of assessments to improve transparency and build trust in the process.

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Published 9 July 2019