PIP, or Personal Independence Payments, provide important support to millions of people living with a disability or health condition. While the payment offers support, there is a process Britons usually have to go through to receive the sum of money to which they are entitled. It is usually the case that a face-to-face assessment may be needed in order to determine how a person’s health condition or disability impacts them on a day to day basis.
However, understandably, this has been made difficult due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its efforts to overcome this challenge, the DWP has looked at ways an assessment can still continue to take place without face-to-face contact.
The Department has now revealed video calls could soon be used to assess claimants for PIP.
This change is set to come into force in ten days time on March 25, 2021 for a number of payments including PIP.
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The document read: “The amendments enable medical examinations and consultations to be conducted as between a claimant and an assessor approved by the Secretary of State in person, by telephone or by video as part of the process for determining entitlement to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.”
It was signed by Justin Tomlinson, Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.
The DWP has conducted research with claimants about their experiences when it comes to telephone assessments – which have been predominantly used over the last year.
It is thought the findings will be published in the spring of 2021 to provide a clearer picture of public opinion.
People can receive PIP whether they are currently working or not, and the payment is also made tax-free.
Individuals must be aged 16 or over to make a claim for PIP, and usually must not have reached state pension age to claim.
A person must also have a health condition or disability where they have had difficulties with daily living, mobility or both for the last three months.
They must expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months in order to be eligible.
PIP claimants will usually need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years to apply.
PIP is split into two parts, and whether a person will receive one or both is dependent on how severely their condition impacts the,
The weekly rate for the daily living element of PIP is currently set at either £59.70 or £89.15.
On the other hand, the mobility part of PIP will provide eligible Britons with either £23.60 or £62.25.
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