Some Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants may be able to claim backdated payments of up to £5,000. It comes following an Upper Tribunal ruling earlier this year, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The ruling changes the way the Department for Work and Pensions considers whether someone can wash or bathe safely, as part of the PIP assessment. If a deaf or hearing impaired claimant cannot hear a standard fire alarm while washing, the DWP will now consider whether a visual alarm or supervision is required.
Guidance outlined on GOV.UK confirms that the DWP is reviewing claims made on or after August 21, 2020 – including those where PIP was not awarded. Backdated payments will only affect existing claimants already receiving the Daily Living component part of a PIP award and not the mobility component. It is unclear how many claims are being reviewed.
A DWP spokesperson told the Daily Record : “We are now looking at PIP claims from deaf or hearing impaired people who may be affected by this change. This includes reviewing some claims we decided on or after 21 August 2020, including ones where we did not award PIP.
“We are not planning to ask you to provide any further evidence or invite you for an assessment as part of this review. We will be looking at information we already have about your hearing impairment from your PIP claim.”
The DWP will not review your claim if:
- You were awarded the enhanced rate of the daily living part of PIP continuously since August 21, 2020
- A Tribunal has made a decision on your claim since August 21, 2020
- It decided not to award you PIP before August 21, 2020
What happens next?
The DWP said: “If we review your claim, we will write to you and you do not need to contact us. It may take some time for you to get this letter. If we decide that you should get more PIP, then your award will usually be backdated to 21 August 2020. If you claimed PIP after 21 August 2020, it will usually be backdated to the date you started getting PIP.”
The DWP also said that you should consider re-applying for PIP if you think you may now be eligible. The change to PIP law will apply to all new claims and has been applied to all PIP decisions since May 17, 2021.
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