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Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 47371, tabled on 15 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the press release entitled Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended, published by her Department on 23 March 2020, for what reasons applications for extensions of personal independence payments awards made by the First Tier Tribunal are not eligible for automatic extension.

Answered on

22 May 2020

Since 24 March the Department has been extending awards of PIP due to end from that date onwards, regardless of whether the final decision on the award was made by a Case Manager or a Tribunal.

There were a small number of claimants who had previously been awarded short-term fixed awards with no review who had made subsequent new claims to PIP, where safeguards in the system originally prevented us from extending their previous award. I can however now confirm that we have amended the system to correct this and all claimants whose awards were due to end or due for review from 24th March onwards will have had their benefit extended.