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19 February 2024 - DWP publishes guidance for clinicians on the severe disability group and the simplified assessment processes for PIP and LCWRA
https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/dwp-publishes-guidance-for-clinicians-on-the-severe-disability-group-and-the-simplified-assessment-processes-for-pip-and-lcwra
May not technically be HTP, just White Paper

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12 March 2024 ‘the Health Transformation Programme will transform the entire PIP service to simplify and shorten the application process for all PIP claimants’ https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2024-03-04.16698.h

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25 March 2024: DWP’s own research into PIP claimants’ ‘channel preferences’ with some comments on the prospects of online-only PIP https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/digital-skills-channel-preference-and-access-needs-personal-independence-payment-customers

26 March 2024: DWP confirms it is testing the sharing of health assessment reports with PIP claimants by default before a decision is made
https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/dwp-confirms-it-is-testing-the-sharing-of-health-assessment-reports-with-pip-claimants-by-default-before-a-decision-is-made

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26 March 2024 - update on ‘specialist assessors’ trial

‘As the term “specialist” has a very specific meaning in a medical context, the decision has been made to rename the initiative to “Condition Focused Assessors” to avoid misalignment with clinical definitions. The ambition and intent of the initiative remains the same. In September 2023, we began a small-scale test matching certain PIP claimants’ primary health condition to an existing healthcare professional (HCP) with relevant clinical experience. This test ran until January 2024, at which point it was expanded to cover claimants with multiple conditions. (...) Initial exploratory research will be published later this year.’

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2024-03-19/19455

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19 April 2024

PIP (and fit note) overhaul proposals part of PM’s speech: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-speech-on-welfare-19-april-2024

If they actually happen, they obviously overshadow all the nonsense in this thread so far

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29 April 2024

Consultation/Green Paper published:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/modernising-support-for-independent-living-the-health-and-disability-green-paper/modernising-support-for-independent-living-the-health-and-disability-green-paper

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It’s a ‘political if’. ‘Political if’ = won’t happen, couldn’t happen, not intended to happen but generates a headline.

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Carri - 29 November 2023 04:27 PM

29 November 2023 - Public Accounts Committee report on the HTP

Report:
https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/127/public-accounts-committee/news/198698/efforts-to-transform-experience-of-disability-benefit-claimants-face-risks-pac-finds/

Rightsnet:
https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/public-accounts-committee-warns-of-risk-that-dwps-health-transformation-programme-will-not-deliver-promised-benefits-for-claimants

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‘...we believe the greatest risk to the programme is that the Department focuses exclusively on the delivery of a new digitalised service, without achieving the important transformational change in the experience of claimants on which the wider benefits of the programme rely.’‘

Just an update - DWP Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield has written to the Committee to say that, while the Department agreed with the recommendation to publish a revised Health Transformation Programme business case by Spring 2024, ‘unexpected delays’ in obtaining the necessary inter-departmental approval of the revised business case mean that it has revised the publication date to Summer 2024.

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16 July 2024 - digital PIP2 form now available for DLA child claims, advance claims, and claims where a third party is completing the form on the claimant’s behalf. Several groups are still not able to get a digital PIP2: this definitely includes appointees, and appears to include anyone who has completed a digital PIP2 on a previous PIP claim.

nb Digital PIP2 not the same as full online claim

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/dwp-confirms-that-invited-digital-service-has-been-extended-to-include-use-by-third-parties

*edited to update RN link

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Carri - 16 July 2024 04:58 PM

16 July 2024 - digital PIP2 form now available for DLA child claims, advance claims, and claims where a third party is completing the form on the claimant’s behalf. Several groups are still not able to get a digital PIP2: this definitely includes appointees, and appears to include anyone who has completed a digital PIP2 on a previous PIP claim.

nb Digital PIP2 not the same as full online claim

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/dwp-confirms-that-invited-digital-service-has-now-gone-fully-live-for-pip-and-dla-child-claims

Apologies, we need to revise this story .. new version available soon ....

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shawn mach - 17 July 2024 05:01 PM

We’ve now published a revised version of our update:

DWP confirms that Invited Digital service has been extended to include use by third parties

Thanks Shawn