Personal Independence Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th February 2021.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that people in receipt of personal independence payments (PIP) as a result of permanent disability, neurological diversity and lifelong illness will be automatically awarded ongoing PIP with a 10 yearly light touch review at the end of their existing claim period.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Once someone has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which can be paid at one of eight rates depending on the level of an individual’s disability-related needs, that award will be reviewed. Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit and ensure that not only do awards remain correct where needs may change but that we also maintain contact with the claimant. Importantly, the length of an award is based on an individual’s needs, rather than their condition or disability, and can vary from nine months to an on-going award, with a light touch review at the ten-year point.

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