Govt scraps PiP reassessments for disabled pensioners

The government has announced it is scrapping PiP reassessments for disabled pensioners, instead introducing a “light touch review” every 10 years.

It will affect around 270,000 people who receive Personal Independence Payment (PiP) who have reached state pension age. The government said the change is part of a wider package of measures announced by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd.

“I want to change the landscape for disabled people in Britain. Progress has been made, but we need to do more to close the gap between our intentions and disabled people’s experiences,” Rudd said.

“The changes I am setting out today (5 March), including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners, are a step forward in improving quality of life for the UK’s 14 million disabled people.”

She added that she will be guided by disabled people, as “we work together to provide the opportunities and support they deserve”.

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