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ESA and PIP reassessments

Published Monday, June 19, 2017

This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the rules on reassessment of existing Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment claimants. From late 2017, some ESA claimants with the most severe conditions will not have to face reassessment. All PIP claimants will however continue to be reassessed periodically.

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In October 2016 the Government announced that it intended to exempt some ESA claimants with the most severe health conditions and disabilities from future reassessments. Consultations are underway on the criteria for identifying those who should not be reassessed, and the new rules should be in place from Autumn 2017.

This does not however apply to Personal Independence Payment claimants, all of whom will continue to be reassessed periodically. For the most severely disabled PIP claimants however, the interval before their claim is reviewed may be up to 10 years, and may involve a “light touch” process not requiring a further face to face assessment.



Commons Briefing papers CBP-7820

Author: Steven Kennedy

Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits

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