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Hi, question about pip assessments during coronovirus.

hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
edited March 2020 in PIP, DLA and AA
I’ve seen on the news that face to face consultations won’t be happening for the next three months I’m due my pip review anyday now. 6 months before claim ends if that’s correct. And I’m wondering what’s going to happen as claiming pip is stressful enough let alone with all this going on. Just wondered if anyone had more information to put my mind at rest. Will it just be a paper based review if they can’t do face to face assessments? Thanks H
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    All face to face assessments have been suspended for at least 3 months. You'll most likely still receive the review form but it will either be a paper based assessment or a telephone consultation. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-to-face-health-assessments-for-benefits-suspended-amid-coronavirus-outbreak

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,897 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @hfr00 - I just wanted to say 'welcome'. Please let us know if we can support you in any other way. I hope you enjoy being part of the community. :)
  • DewsburyDewsbury Member Posts: 1 Listener
    I had a f2f for a new claim at the end of Feb 20, will I still be getting a decision? The DWP have told me by tex that they had the report from the assessor 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,897 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Dewsbury - Welcome to the community. Yes, you will still get a decision, but it may take even longer than usual. You can however, ring the DWP & ask for a copy of your assessment report. This should give you an idea for now as to what points you're likely to be scored. This because the DWP Decision Maker usually goes with the assessment report. You will still have to wait for your decision letter in due course.
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    will the DWP always contact claimants before there pip award ends? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    hfr00 said:
    will the DWP always contact claimants before there pip award ends? 

    Usually 6 months before by sending the review forms for you to fill in and return.
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  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    What’s likely to happen atm as my needs have got more complex and there are no face to face assessments atm? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I believe that the review form will still be sent at the time it should be (6 months before) but the time to send it back will be extended. If a decision hasn't been made by the time your award is due to end they will extend the end date so your award doesn't end and you won't be left without money during the pandemic.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    So my pip review is due this month but will I still get it or will they send review forms out after coronovirus? As I’ve tried researching it but can’t any information about it, 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    This thread here states all reviews are suspended, which means no forms are being sent out for at least 3 months.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    Okay so I can expect a review after June? If coronovirus restrictions change. I’m just worried about having a gap in my claim. Thanks 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    At the moment reviews are suspended for at least 3 months. What will happen after that then no one can predict this. We'll all just have to wait and see what happens.

    There won't be a gap in your claim because all claims the are due to end will be extended so that we won't be left without money.

    Please have a read of this link and it will confirm the extended awards that are due to end. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-update-benefit-reviews-and-reassessments-suspended

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    Would I still be able to contact DWP and request a review? 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,897 Disability Gamechanger
    As Poppy has said, & the link confirms, all reviews have been suspended for 3 months as from the 24th of March.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,403 Disability Gamechanger
    If you are requesting a review based on a change of circumstances then yes you can contact them as the link above says. However, I suspect that’s simply to register that date of said change and that all that will then happen is they’ll sit on it until the 3 months are up. 

    So, if you’re trying to accelerate it then no it’s most unlikely. 
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    Okay I get that, I just don’t want there to be a big gap in my claim as I don’t know how long DWP can take. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,403 Disability Gamechanger
    Why would there be any gap? At the moment awards are extended for 3 months and there’s next to no-one around to process reassessments. It’s li,Ely the 3 months will be extended. 
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    Well my award ends in August 2020 so if everything goes back to normal in June and I have to make a fresh claim or my claim is reviewed I won’t be getting any payments after August and it’ll take DWP longer than the two months to make a decision more than likely. Sorry it’s just been making my anxiety worse thinking about it . 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,403 Disability Gamechanger
    Both @poppy123456 and I have pointed out there will be no gap in your claim. There’s literally nothing to worry about. DWP can see when claims are ending and prioritise those closest to ending to ensure those get dealt with quickly. 
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    Thanks for your reassurance! 
  • hfr00hfr00 Member Posts: 36 Listener
    So I’ve heard that pip claims that are coming to an end are being extended. How many months are these claims being extended? 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,897 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @hfr00 - 'Anyone already receiving PIP, ESA, Universal Credit or Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, will continue to receive their current payments as normal while alternative arrangements are put in place to review or reassess their claim.' This from the Government's website. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-to-face-health-assessments-for-benefits-suspended-amid-coronavirus-outbreak   for confirmation. The number of months isn't given, I presume because of the uncertainty of the current situation.

  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,403 Disability Gamechanger
    Initial extension for 3 months. 
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