Temporary measures to reassure disability benefit claimants have been put in place.

During the coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are focusing resources on making sure that new claimants are able to access resources and financial support.

For a period of three months, all face-to-face assessments will be suspended and there will be no new reviews or reassessments across all benefits for three months – this includes Universal Credit (UC), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Work and Pensions Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey said: “As this country ramps up its efforts to support people through coronavirus, we will do whatever it takes to protect claimants and our staff. We are automatically extending all awards and reassessments for health and disability benefits to provide that reassurance to those in receipt of them.”

The suspension will be kept under regular review and extended if necessary.

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