Personal Independence Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd December 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Thomas of Winchester Baroness Thomas of Winchester Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have revisited the Personal Independence Payment assessment moving around guidance on reliability to ensure that that guidance captures real-life situations and that the criteria are applied consistently and fairly.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The PIP Assessment Guide for Health Professionals carrying out assessments includes guidance on the assessment criteria and how they should be applied. The guide is regularly reviewed to ensure that the criteria is applied consistently and fairly.

Chapter 3 – ‘The Assessment Criteria’ (page 73) explains how to apply the reliability criteria, including in the ‘Moving Around’ activity. We have also provided a worked example to further assist health professionals.

The latest version of the guide is annexed to this answer.

Annex "PIP Assessment Guide" (PDF Document, 667.54 KB)

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