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.