Disability reviews for disabled pensioners to be phased out

The first step in scrapping unnecessary Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reviews for pensioners kicked in on Friday 31 March.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced in March that those receiving PIP who have hit state pension age will no longer be subject to regular reviews. Instead, they will be moved to a ‘light touch’ system that will see their awards reviewed after ten years.

From Friday 31 March, new PIP claimants whose review would have been scheduled after they hit state pension age will instead receive an ongoing award with a light touch review after ten years.

Ms Rudd said: “Stopping unnecessary PIP reviews for people over state pension age is a positive change. It applies a common-sense approach to treating those whose conditions are unlikely to change, and we want to introduce it as quickly as possible for those who will benefit from it.”

She added a number of initiatives have been designed to improve quality of life for disabled people.