All Benefits face to face assessments, reviews and reassessments have been suspended.
They have been suspended for a period of 3 months, from 24th March 2020 until 24th June 2020.
The suspension covers all benefits and does not depend on you having been diagnosed with Covid-19 or having to self-isolate. It includes:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)
If you have already had an assessment for PIP, the decision making process will continue. If you disagree with a decision you receive you should still submit a request for a mandatory reconsideration.
If you have an upcoming appointment for an assessment, the assessment provider should contact you to explain whether a paper or telephone assessment will take place.
Where awards of a current benefit is due to expire, the DWP will be extending end-dates. This means your award will continue at its current rate for this period.
You can continue to make new claims for benefits.
If you receive letters regarding your benefits it is still important that you stick to any time-frames you are given to respond.