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23 March, 2020 Open access

Sickness and disability benefit reviews and reassessments suspended for the next three months as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We will do whatever it takes to protect claimants and our staff, says Work and Pensions Secretary

Sickness and disability benefit reviews and reassessments are being suspended for the next three months as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey has announced.

Further to all face-to-face assessments having already been suspended, and people being advised that they do not have to attend jobcentre appointments for at least three months, the Secretary of State said this evening - 

'As this country ramps up its efforts to support people through coronavirus, we will do whatever it takes to protect claimants and our staff. 

We are automatically extending all awards and reassessments for health and disability benefits to provide that reassurance to those in receipt of them.'

The changes, that will apply from tomorrow, will mean that there will be no new reviews or reassessments across all sickness and disability benefits - including universal credit, employment and support allowance (ESA), personal independence payment (PIP), disability living allowance, attendance allowance and industrial injuries disablement benefit - for at least the next three months.

NB - the government adds that - 

For more information, see Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended from gov.uk