We are posting this to let you know about a call for evidence that has been launched today as part of the first Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. They hope you will be able to contribute evidence through this process.
To recap on the background to the review itself, this is a requirement set out in the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Section 89 of the Act commits the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to publish two independent reports on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working. The first is due within two years of PIP starting in April 2013.
On Thursday 10 April 2014 the Minister of State for Disabled People announced that Paul Gray CB had been appointed to carry out the first independent review of the PIP assessment. The Terms of Reference for this Independent Review were published on GOV.uk on 21 May.
The call for evidence launched on 23 June. It will be one of several methods used to gather information during the review, and is a vitally important part of process. The Independent Reviewer is interested in hearing from both organisations and individuals who have information about how the PIP assessment is operating. Paul Gray is keen to take a broad look at the overall PIP process, so he is seeking input about all stages of the claimant journey. Evidence is particularly invited from those with first hand experience of PIP. Information submitted will be used to help inform Paul Gray’s report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which will be laid before Parliament before the end of 2014.
The call for evidence can be accessed here:
It is available in a range of accessible formats. Responses can be sent via an online survey, by email or post. Details are in the document.
Please reply by the closing date of 5 September.
If you have any queries about the call for evidence exercise please contact:
Post: PIP Independent Review Team, Room 3S25, Zone South H, Quarry House, Leeds, LS2 7UA
Phone: 020 7449 7536