Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Opposition Pairing Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 156258, for what reason it is her Department's policy that claimants with an award of Personal Independence Payment from the First Tier Tribunal are required to apply for PIP again by completing a PIP2 form when their award comes to an end, while claimants with an award of PIP directly from the Department itself are instead sent a PIP review form asking if anything has changed since their last award.

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

As explained in my answer to Question 156258 on 2 March, a First Tier Tribunal considering an appeal against a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision also considers the length of any award it may make. The length of award will be based on the individual’s needs and the likelihood of those changing. If the Tribunal gives a short, fixed-term award then it is indicating that the claimant’s limitations are likely to improve to the point they would not be entitled at the end of their PIP award. As claimants can continue to receive benefit under a new award in a similar way to someone having their award reviewed, no requirement for an Impact Assessment was established. The Department is currently reviewing the approach to Fixed Term Awards including where awarded after Tribunal.

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