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Forum => Welfare Rights => Topic started by: Monic1511 on 06 Jul 2020 07:38PM

Title: Assessments update
Post by: Monic1511 on 06 Jul 2020 07:38PM
There have been announcements re PIP assessments but dont all start panicking please, phone assessments seem to be the preferred option
6 JULY, 2020
Government announces that ‘review and renewal activity’ is to resume for PIP and DLA
However, DWP confirms that the suspension of face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits is to continue following consideration of the latest public health guidance
 
The government has announced that 'review and renewal activity' is to resume for personal independence payment (PIP) and disability living allowance (DLA).
Reviews and reassessments for disability benefits were suspended for three months in the early phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, and DWP Minister Justin Tomlinson said recently that -
'Reviews and reassessments remain suspended while we review what activity we can gradually start reintroducing in line with the latest public health advice.'
 
However, the DWP announced today that from July 2020 -
'As measures are taken across the country to ease restrictions, the department will gradually resume some review and reassessment activity which had been put on hold because of the Coronavirus outbreak. We will shortly be restarting review and renewal activity in PIP and DLA, starting with those claims which were already underway when this activity was suspended.'
 
The DWP adds that -
it will shortly be writing to some PIP and DLA claimants asking them to complete paperwork to resume their reviews, reassessments and renewals; and
for PIP cases where paperwork has already been returned, claimants may be contacted by one of the DWP's Assessment Providers.
NB - the DWP has however said that the suspension of face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits is to continue -
'This 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. We will announce any changes to this in due course.'
For more information see Face-to-face assessment suspension continues for health and disability benefits from gov.uk
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: SteveX on 07 Jul 2020 06:35PM
ESA not mentioned?  I posted my latest form off just as this covid-19 thing kicked off.  (back in March)
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: Monic1511 on 07 Jul 2020 07:35PM
Hi Steve

As far as I'm aware nothing has changed for ESA but assessments seem to be via phone anyway.
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: SteveX on 07 Jul 2020 08:19PM
Well they don't have my phone number (due to the fact I could not deal with them having it and knowing they could phone whenever they wanted, just the thought of it freaks me out big time.   tbh my mum is the only person who has it.) 

Thanks for the info anyway, much appreciated!
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: WeDesign on 10 Jul 2020 07:46AM
Before they can initiate a telephone assessment do you have to return a completed ESA50?
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: Monic1511 on 10 Jul 2020 08:07PM
WeDesign
have you been told you are having an assessment?
I have had people who get called to an assessment and didnt send in an ESA50 but its normally because the form was lost in post - DWP notes say ESA50 not returned and client says I never received it.
Technically yes you could be called for a phone assessment without returning an ESA50 but the assessment would be based on your sick line and the assessor would only have your previous forms to guide them in their questions.
Monic
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: WeDesign on 12 Jul 2020 07:50AM
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WeDesign
have you been told you are having an assessment?
No,  but I was due in Jan 20.

I on 3 occasions have emailed Maximus,  this was before the suspension of the F2F and they said I did not have a referral on their system.

I was curious to when I may hear from them.


WeDesign
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: Monic1511 on 13 Jul 2020 05:22PM
you wont hear from them until the DWP sends you an ESA50 and I would just leave things alone unless you have had a substantial deterioration and are currently in the work related activity group and want to be reassessed as in the support group.

Please do not contact maximus or the dwp unless it is to your advantage.  In my experience folk who can contact dwp or those who report every change tend to lose the benefit the are on and have to go to tribunal to get it back.

Although you were due in Jan 2020 that is not a set in stone date, the reassessments depend on government policy at the time assessments come up, I know its another form of torture but only contact dwp if you can get an increase in money or your money stops completely.

Monic
Title: Re: Assessments update
Post by: WeDesign on 13 Jul 2020 09:04PM
you wont hear from them until the DWP sends you an ESA50 and I would just leave things alone unless you have had a substantial deterioration and are currently in the work related activity group and want to be reassessed as in the support group.

Please do not contact maximus or the dwp unless it is to your advantage.  In my experience folk who can contact dwp or those who report every change tend to lose the benefit the are on and have to go to tribunal to get it back.

Although you were due in Jan 2020 that is not a set in stone date, the reassessments depend on government policy at the time assessments come up, I know its another form of torture but only contact dwp if you can get an increase in money or your money stops completely.

Monic
Thank you