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Disabled pensioners relieved of PIP payment reviews

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Disabled pensioners will no longer have to go through unnecessary reassessments for disability benefits, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.

Around 270,000 people receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) who have reached State Pension age will no longer have their awards regularly reviewed, instead moving to a light touch review every 10 years.

The changes are part of a wider package of measures announced by Rudd, signalling a shift in the government’s support for disabled people.

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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “I want to change the landscape for disabled people in Britain.

“Progress has been made, but we need to do more to close the gap between our intentions and disabled people’s experiences.

“The changes I am setting out today, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners, are a step forward in improving quality of life for the UK’s 14 million disabled people.

“But we can’t achieve change alone, and I will be guided by disabled people as we work together to provide the opportunities and support they deserve and expect.”

Rudd said she will review the government’s goal to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 with a view to making it more ambitious.

Other improvements include combining the separate assessment processes for PIP, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit into one integrated service from 2021.

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  1. This is not accurate. I turned 68 at the beginning of last month and am currently on the basic mobility element of PIP awarded at appeal in 2017 and valid until November 2019. I’ve just been notified of a pending re-assessment by Capita. DWP say they’re simply doing this to make sure my payments are renewed without any problems in November but bluntly I don’t believe them. What it sounds to me like they’re doing is fast-tracking all the claims involving pensioners to beat the change. My MP has just taken this up with DWP.

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