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8 December, 2020 Open access

DWP confirms that all claimants who are to have their PIP award automatically extended due to COVID-19 will receive notice of the extension by ‘early 2021’

Work and Pensions Minister also tells parliament that 'early 2021' is the planned completion date for all extension activity

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has confirmed that all claimants who are to have their personal independence payment (PIP) award automatically extended - under the coronavirus (COVID-19) related easement that was introduced in March 2020 - will receive notice of the extension by 'early 2021'.

Responding yesterday to a written question in parliament on the number of claimants who have not been notified of automatic extensions of their PIP awards due to COVID-19 where those awards were first made by the First-tier Tribunal, Mr Tomlinson said -

'The Department has been automatically applying extension of awards of PIP for all decisions in scope of the COVID-19 easements including those decisions first instated at First-tier Tribunals. All customers receiving an extension will be notified of their new award end date early 2021, the planned completion date for all extension activity.'

Mr Tomlinson's written answer is available from parliament.uk