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DWP announces change to Personal Independence Payment assessment guidance

Wed 28 Oct 2020

Following a landmark legal case, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) updated its guidance issued to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessors to determine the definition of “social support” when engaging with other people face to face.

Under the rules, PIP assessors determine whether someone needs “prompting” to engage with other people or they need “social support”. The two categories receive different point scores.

The legal case, heard in the Supreme Court, challenged the narrow definition of “social support”. The judges ruled that the interpretation of “social support” could be broader than originally thought.

The change means that some people who were ineligible for PIP may now be eligible and some who received only the standard rate of PIP may now be eligible for the enhanced rate. 

The DWP say they are undertaking a review of cases but are yet to finalise the framework to conduct those reviews. They have issued a set of frequently asked questions to help. 

You should seek independent advice to check whether you are able to receive a higher rate of PIP or make a new application under the updated rules. You may be able to get advice from Citizens Advice, Advice UK or the Law Centre Network as to whether you qualify.

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