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The DWP are reviewing your PIP claim

This advice applies to England

The rules for getting the PIP mobility component have changed. You can now apply for it if you have a mental health condition that makes it difficult for you to plan or take a journey.

Following the change the DWP plans to also review all PIP claims to identify if you could benefit from the change - this includes if you scored zero points.

If you’ve already asked for your PIP award to be looked at again or you’re thinking of asking, you should continue with your request. The DWP’s review of claims doesn’t affect your right to ask for your claim to be looked at again.

If you didn’t get the mobility component

If you have a mental health condition that makes getting about outside difficult and you didn’t get the mobility component when you claimed, you could get extra money after the review. This includes getting a backdated payment to cover money you should have got.

No date has been set yet for when reviews will happen.

You don’t need to take any action now. The DWP will write to you if they decide you should get extra money.

If you think you’II now qualify for the mobility component you can make a new claim, you don’t need to wait until your old claim has been reviewed. Doing this could mean you get extra money sooner.

How will your claim be reviewed

You won’t have to go to another face-to-face assessment. The DWP will review your case by using all the information you sent when you applied.

If more information is needed they might contact you or your doctor.

If you’re eligible for more money

You’II receive a letter telling you how much benefit you’II get.

You’II get a backdated payment from the date of your claim or when the mobility component rules were first changed (28 November 2016), whichever is later.

If you claimed before 28 November 2016 and you didn’t get the mobility component or got a lower rate than you expected, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. You might be able to ask for your claim to be backdated further.

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