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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review

The first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process.

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On 10 April 2014, the Minister of State for Disabled People appointed Paul Gray to lead the first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. We published the report on 17 December 2014.

In his review, Paul Gray explored how PIP is operating and the effectiveness of the assessment. He set out a series of recommendations based on information gathered throughout the review. The recommendations focus on 3 main areas:

  • improving the claimant experience
  • clarifying and improving the collection of further evidence
  • the overall effectiveness of the assessment

The government published its initial response to the review on 27 February 2015 covering the short-term recommendations.

The government published its second response to the review on 26 November 2015 covering the medium and long-term recommendations.

Section 89 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 commits the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to publish 2 independent reports on how the PIP assessment process is working. The first was due within 2 years of PIP starting in April 2013.

We published the terms of reference for the the first independent review on 21 May 2014.

As part of his independent review of PIP, Paul Gray launched a call for evidence which ran from 23 June 2014 to 5 September 2014.

British Sign Language (BSL) video and audio version

This video is a BSL and audio version of the review.

Independent review of the PIP assessment

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