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DWP Reviewing PIP Applications from People with Bleeding Disorders

In October 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions set up a working group with individuals affected by contaminated blood and blood products to hear about their experiences of the application and assessment procedures for disability benefits.

The working group highlighted issues with how claimants with haemarthropathy (a severe type of arthritis caused by bleeding into joints) were being assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The need to review such PIP cases was identified and these reviews will begin today. No one will have their awards reduced as a result of this review.

The review will happen automatically and there is no need for people to do anything at this point, however, anyone with haemarthropathy who believes their case should be reviewed but does not receive a letter by 23rd July 2018 should phone the dedicated phone line 0800 121 4296 as soon as possible after that date.

For more information, please read the statement from the Department for Work and Pensions here.

Jess Milton

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  1. Carol Grayson 1 week ago 4th December 2018

    A legal case was won regarding PIP that mental health issues must be given the same status as physical illness. Many applying were either knocked back through poor assessment and lack of proper training by asessors. Due to contaminated blood many of the haemophilia community infected and affected family members suffer bereavement, depression, anxiety, PTSD etc yet the DWP seems to want to ignore these issues altogether. There should be a similar DWP PIP review for application and assessment for mental health issues in haemophiliacs and family members. There needs to be meaningful guidelines and sensitivity in this area and those assessing should be properly qualified in mental health which is a minimum of 3 years basic training in psychiatry yet most DWP assessors assessing mental health are not qualified or specialists in mental health. What action is the Haemophilia Society taking on this? I resigned from the DWP working group due to lack of transparency, ignoring evidence and failure to address key issues. Thanks

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