Will I be assessed if I make a claim for PIP?

Given the restriction measures currently in place due to coronavirus, some rules around claiming and assessments for benefits have been changed or relaxed in the short term. Please check our Coronavirus: Welfare and benefits section to ensure you are getting the most up to date information or call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, from 8am to 8pm weekdays or 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

After you have submitted Part 2 of your PIP claim form, including any additional supporting evidence, it will be sent to an independent assessment provider. They will decide if you need to attend a face-to-face consultation.

If you are asked to do so, it is very important that you attend the consultation. If you do not do this and do not have a good reason (sometimes called a good cause) then this could mean that the DWP or DfC (NI) reject your claim for PIP.

You will be assessed by a health professional working for a private company that carries out PIP assessments for the DWP or DfC (NI). The company is known as an assessment provider. The final decision on your entitlement is made by a decision maker at the DWP/DfC, using the evidence from the assessor, including any face-to-face consultation.

Please also see I currently receive DLA, do I have to claim PIP and will I be reassessed?

For further information see RNIB's PIP web page.

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