Face-to-face assessments for disability entitlements to resume

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 29th March 2021
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Face-to-face assessments for additional health elements of Universal Credit and for PIP will resume in May.

The Department of Work and Pensions have announced that initial resumption of face-to-face assessments will only be for people they aren’t able to fully assess by other means. The assessments resuming in May relate to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and additional health elements of Universal Credit. (this link will take you away from our website)

People will be invited to assessments via a letter, which will also outline what they can expect at their appointment. People who are unable to travel to their appointment due to COVID-19 restrictions are asked to get in touch using the contact details in their letter as soon as possible.

In line with COVID-19 restrictions, people attending assessments are encouraged to attend on their own, but are allowed to bring one other person from their household for support if necessary. People who need support from outside their household, including from interpreters or support workers, should let the assessment provider know beforehand.

Further information on how attending face-to-face assessments safely during the pandemic is available from the DWP. (this link will take you away from our website)

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