'Light Touch' PIP reviews

Unnecessary disability reassessments for disabled pensioners to be phased out. The first step in scrapping unnecessary reassessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for pensioners starts on Friday (31 May).

Work and Pensions Secretary of State Amber Rudd 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

The change to ‘light touch' reviews was part of a wider package of measures announced which included:

  • combining separate assessment processes for PIP, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit into one integrated service from 2021;

  • the government working with stakeholders to understand how to help people submit the right evidence with their claim at the outset so that fewer people have to take their case to appeal.


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