Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are issued to thousands of Britons each month, helping those who have a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition. PIP is a Government paid benefit issued to people who are 16 to 64 years old.
The benefit has replaced what was Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
To get PIP, you need to call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and begin a new claim.
You can get PIP whether you’re working or not, and must also have a health condition or disability where you:
- have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months
- expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months
To do this, use the CRMR1 mandatory reconsideration request form on GOV.UK, or write a letter to the DWP explaining why you disagree with the decision.
Bear in mind for mandatory reconsideration to be eligible, it must be requested within one month of your decision.
You can also ring the DWP to ask for a reconsideration, however, if you have everything in writing you can call on evidence if need be.
And so, Citizen’s Advice cautions if you decide to call, make sure you follow up with a letter.
Some decisions cannot be reconsidered, while others can go straight to an appeal.
You can check which applies to you on your original decision letter.
When asking for a mandatory reconsideration, it is best to give specific reasons why you disagree with the decision.
To do this, refer to you decision letter, statement of reasons and medical assessment report and make a note of each of the statements you disagree with and why.
Citizens Advice suggest you give facts, examples and medical evidence (if available) to support what you are saying.
The DWP can take several months to make a decision on your reconsideration.
The letter you will receive is called a mandatory reconsideration notice and you will be sent two copies.
Once you’ve received it you will have to send one back if you need to go to the next stage of appeal.
If the DWP changes its decision, you will get your PIP payment straight away from the date of the original decision.
However, if your mandatory reconsideration is turned down you can appeal to a tribunal, check Citizen’s Advice for more information on that here.