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12 May, 2020 Open access

Minister confirms that short, fixed-term awards of PIP that were due to expire during the COVID-19 pandemic will be automatically extended for six months

Responding to question in Parliament, Minister acknowledges that there had been an issue for some claimants, but that it has now been 'addressed'

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson has confirmed that short, fixed-term awards of personal independence payment (PIP) that were due to expire during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be automatically extended.

Responding to a question in Parliament yesterday, Mr Tomlinson acknowledged that there had been an issue for those on fixed-term, short awards, but that - 

'... we have now addressed that, and those claimants will continue to get an automatic six months’ extension if it is due in the next three months.'

Stop press (15 May 2020) - responding to a written question in parliament on 14 May 2020, Mr Tomlinson also confirmed that the extension to PIP awards applies to awards made by the First-tier Tribunal on appeal.

Mr Tomlinson's answer is available from Hansard.