PIP reassessments to end for pensioners with RA

Published: 5 Mar 2019

Today, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, has announced that people over the age of state pension age with disabilities, such as rheumatoid arthritis, will no longer have to be reassessed for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) annually or every few years.

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) welcomes this announcement, particularly as the charity knows how stressful PIP assessments and reassessments are for many people with RA and JIA. However, many thousands of people with the diseases still face reassessments. NRAS receives countless phone calls to its helpline from people who have been through the process, stating how much stress and anxiety the assessments cause, therefore worsening people’s health.

Ailsa Bosworth MBE, Chief Executive of NRAS, said:

This news from the Department for Work and Pensions is to be welcomed, however it only goes some way to solving the issues with the PIP process. NRAS will continue to campaign for the simplification of the PIP process and for indefinite PIP awards to be made available for people who ought to qualify.

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