Face-to-face assessments for PIP and DLA remain suspended

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Face-to-face DLA and PIP assessments will remain suspended, but kept under review.

The Government did reveal that some review and reassessment activity will gradually resume from this month for DLA and PIP assessments.

People are encouraged not to delay making claims as all benefits remain open and telephone and paper based assessments are in place where appropriate.

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It outlined how the temporary suspension, initially brought in for three months to protect people from unnecessary risk of coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, will remain in place following a consideration of the latest public health guidance.

It will announce any changes to this in due course.

Anyone who makes a new claim or is due an assessment will be contacted, if necessary, to discuss next steps, which could involve either telephone or paper-based assessments.

The department will shortly be writing out to some PIP and DLA claimants asking them to complete paperwork to resume their reviews, reassessments and renewals.

For PIP cases where paperwork has already been returned, claimants may be contacted by Assessment Providers.

In January, AMP reported on how over 100,000 DLA claimants lost Motability vehicles due to PIP reassessments.

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