Claiming PIP when you don’t really need it is benefit fraud. To keep on top of this, you’ll be assessed by a health professional to work out if you’re really eligible. Claimants are also reviewed on a regular basis to make sure you’re getting the right amount. How often is PIP reviewed?
PIP benefits those with disabilities or long-term ill health, but only while their conditions are ongoing.
If the claimant’s health improves, they are no longer entitled to claim PIP.
Between 2018 and 2019, £330 million was overpaid by the Government to PIP claimants.
Most of this amount can be put down to claimant error and official error, since it is tricky to commit PIP fraud.
When your claim is being reviewed, you’ll get a letter asking you to fill in an award review form.
Fill in the form using the notes that come with it, and send it back to the DWP alongside any supporting information you haven’t shared with the DWP.
The DWP will review your form and an independent health professional may give you a ring to ask some questions.
You’ll then receive a letter that tells you if your PIP is going to be increased, reduced, continued, or stopped.
You can challenge a decision about your claim through a mandatory reconsideration.
Do the DWP watch your home if you claim PIP?
According to Stuart Miller Solicitors, benefits investigators might watch your house if you claim PIP.
The investigators are allowed to wait outside your home and check who is entering and exiting the property.
For example, you might be claiming PIP due to a disability that causes physical impairment and means you are unable to work.
If the DWP suspect you are actually able-bodied and committing benefit fraud, they may watch your house.
If they say you walking with ease and regularly leaving your home to go to work, that is evidence against you.
The investigator may visit you as much as they like or see fit.