THE PIP CALL FOR EVIDENCE ASSESSMENT – AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW
Link to Response Form
After putting out calls for people to take part in this review on Face Book and Twitter, I felt it would be easier and for some of you clearer; if I wrote a full post on this assessment, which I hope will be worth all the trouble we will be going to filling the form in that they require. I feel as if it is essential that we have our voice heard over this blinking terrible debacle. I feel PIP has taken a step back in providing to Disabled People who rely on this money and that DLA was an ideal assessment method. There is no need for these one to one assessments they are an absolute waste of time. In every benefit you will have a small minority of people who will try to obtain any benefit by lying and using these one to one assessments is not going to stop this. I have taken the following text from the ‘call for evidence site’ and hope it will help you understand the importance of letting them know about the problems we have faced. Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Personal Independence Payment Assessment – The Second Independent Review
A Call for Evidence
PLEASE NOTE – I HAVE FILLED THIS EVIDENCE FORM IN MYSELF AND BECAUSE I WAS A LONG TIME DOING IT, I GOT TIMED OUT AND HAD TO DO IT AGAIN, THIS WAS VERY FRUSTRATING – JUST LIKE THE PIP EXPERIENCE. I SUGGEST THAT YOU COPY AND PASTE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE DOWN IN THE BOXES SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE IT AGAIN YOU ONLY HAVE TO PASTE IT INTO THE INDIVIDUAL BOXES. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO THIS JUST INBOX ME ON FACEBOOK AND I WILL TELL YOU.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has commissioned Paul Gray to undertake the second Independent Review of how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working, as required by Section 89 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. This call for evidence will be one of several methods used to gather information. Evidence submitted will be used to inform a final independent report which will be laid before Parliament.
This call for evidence is aimed at organisations and individuals who have information that is relevant to how the PIP assessment is operating both for new claims and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessment claims. This includes claims made under the Special Rules for terminally ill people.
We are interested in everyone’s views, so please provide as much evidence as you can on the questions asked in this document. We know that people and organisations will have different levels of experience in the PIP process so do not feel you have to answer questions that are not relevant to you, for example where you do not have personal experience.
This call for evidence will be used to inform the Independent Reviewer’s conclusions. The Independent Reviewer will then make recommendations to the Secretary of State, which will be laid before Parliament in the form of a report to which the Government will produce a response.
The call for evidence period begins on Monday 11th July 2016 and runs until Friday 16th September 2016 at 5pm.
You can respond via the online form. If you are unable to use the online form, please use one of the following methods:
Post: PIP Independent Review Team, Department for Work and Pensions, Floor 4 Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA
Please ensure your response reaches us by 5pm on Friday 16th September 2016.
We will acknowledge your response. Please note the PIP Independent Review Team cannot respond to individual customer queries about their PIP claim.
Where we use the word “condition” in this document we mean disabilities, health conditions and impairments. We use “condition” for short.
A major objective of this review will be to assess the impact of ‘further evidence’ on coming to entitlement decisions which properly reflect claimant needs and the day-to-day functional impacts of their condition. I plan to consider, for instance, how evidence that a PIP claimant has already obtained, such as a care plan, or specialist report from a health professional, is currently being used to assist the claim decision, and in what cases these may act as an alternative to face-to-face consultations. This Review will also consider how data may be better shared across the Department and with external organisations, such as the health and social care sector, to support the claim process. Finally, I intend on using the Terms of Reference as a framework to allow me to take a broader look at PIP and understand the quality and consistency of assessments and the claimant experience at all stages of the process.