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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - Claiming - Review or renew PIP claim

A guide for claiming Personal Independence Payment, the different stages of the claim process and what to expect

Review or renew PIP claim

It is important that you tell the DWP if and when anything changes which might affect your entitlement to PIP. If your health is getting worse or better, the DWP may want to reassess you to check you are getting the right amount.

Review

Your award of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) may be reviewed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at any time, even if you have an award for a fixed amount of time. The DWP will usually start to review your claim one year before your award ends.

When the DWP reviews your claim, they send you a letter with a PIP review form. The DWP gives you 4 weeks to fill in the form and send it back. Ask the DWP for more time if you need it. You will need to phone them and tell them why you need more time.

If you don’t send the form back in time, the DWP will stop your claim unless you have a good reason for sending it in late. You will need to tell them why you sent the form late.

If the DWP stop your claim because you sent the form back too late and they don’t think that you have a good reason, you can start again with a new claim or challenge their decision (or both).

You don’t have to do the form on your own. You can ask someone else to help you. It can be someone you know or you can find a benefits adviser near you using our Find an Adviser tool.

If something has changed, the DWP may need more information to let the claim continue. You may need to complete another claim form and attend another medical assessment.

In a review, the DWP will decide whether to:

  • Make your PIP award longer
  • Change your entitlement
  • End your PIP claim

Renew

It is a good idea to renew your claim early to avoid any gaps in your PIP claim.

You can ask to renew your claim in the last six months before your PIP award ends. You will need to complete another form and go to another medical assessment.

Three months before your PIP ends, if the DWP has not already reviewed your claim and you have not already started to renew, the DWP will contact you about renewing your claim.  To renew, you will need to complete another form and go to another medical assessment.

For more about when your PIP payments may stop, see our When does Personal Independence Payment (PIP) stop? page.

 

Updated May 2017

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