Disabled pensioners will no longer have to go through repeated PIP tests to get their benefits

The Work and Pensions Secretary will say that 270,000 Brits will benefit from not having to have their personal independence payments reviewed.

The DWP has faced a storm of criticism amid claims elderly people with chronic illnesses have been put under the stress of regular checks even though their condition is very unlikely to improve.

Under current rules, a pensioner on PIP has to undergo regular checks – either annually or every three years depending on the severity of their condition.

But under this change, officials will accepts their word that their condition has not changed and just carry out a “light touch” review via letter every decade or so.

Ms Rudd says she wanted to stamp out the “unnecessary experience” for older people who have worked hard all their lives and paid into the benefits system.

She will say: “My father became blind in 1981. For thirty-six years his blindness was a normal part of my family’s life – of my life.

“I reflected on my father’s lack of sight, and how it affected his life and the lives of those who loved him, as I considered my role in supporting disabled people in Britain.

“Disabled pensioners have paid into our system for their whole lives and deserve the full support of the state when they need it most.

“This Government therefore intends to change the landscape for disabled people in Britain: – to level the terrain and smooth their path.”

PIP LET-OFF

Ms Rudd will also set out her vision for reforming the department, which has faced a massive backlash over delays to the Universal Credit reforms.

She will announce a review into the Government’s goal to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 – a target she wants to make more ambitious.

She will say: “People with disabilities and health conditions have enough challenges in life; so my ambition is to significantly improve how DWP supports disabled people and those with health conditions.

“Progress has been made, but we need to do more to close the gap between our intentions and disabled people’s experiences.”

Mark Hodgkinson, chief executive at disability equality charity Scope, welcomed the reforms.

He said: “We are pleased that the government recognises that welfare assessments aren’t working for disabled people.

“We welcome today’s announcements on PIP but a more radical overhaul of the PIP and Employment and Support Allowance tests is needed and we would urge the Secretary of State to commit to this further reform.”

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