Assessment reviews, for information news but old news
PIP PENSIONERS WILL STILL BE REVIEWED
In a written statement last week, a kindly Amber Rudd announced that the DWP would be “no longer undertaking regular reviews of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) awards for claimants at or above State Pension age unless they tell us their needs have changed.”
The DWP, however, rather undermined this gesture in its own press release on the subject, by explaining that rather than no reviews, PIP pensioners will have a “light touch review every 10 years.”
What’s more, this isn’t news at all.
Ten yearly light touch reviews were announced last summer, long before Rudd was in the job.
And, in January, we published DWP guidance that has been in place since last August, telling DWP decision makers that most claimants of state pension age should only have these reviews.
So, not entirely true and definitely not new.
It’s almost as if Rudd was desperately trying to win over Tory party members in advance of a leadership contest.