DWP: Touchbase – Fri 19 May

Roundup of recent DWP announcements 

Disability Cost of Living Payment schedule

More than six million disabled people in the UK will receive their one-off £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment from 20 June. Those being paid a disability benefit that qualifies them for the payment will receive it automatically during a two-week window starting on 20 June and finishing on 4 July.

Benefit recipients that qualify for the Disability Cost of Living payment are those who receive:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Scottish Disability Benefits (Adult Disability Payment and Child Disability Payment)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Recipients must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of these qualifying benefits for 1 April 2023 to get the Disability Cost of Living payment.

For those who were awaiting confirmation of their entitlement to disability benefits on 1 April, or who are waiting to be assessed for eligibility to receive disability benefits, the process may take longer, but payments will still be automatic.

Please share this information within your organisation and update your channels to reflect the payment window. More information on GOV.UK.

Personal Independence Payment videos and key messages

An updated suite of four Personal Independence Payment (PIP) information videos is available on the DWP YouTube channel.

They explain what PIP is, who it is for, how to claim and the assessment process.   

There is also an overview on how the assessment activities are scored, and how PIP is awarded.

Throughout the four videos, there is signposting to Gov.uk/pip where there is more detailed information, including the process for people nearing the end of life. Viewers are advised to consult the website to ensure they have information about PIP eligibility before making a claim. You may also find the key messages in the attached document useful in your conversations about PIP.

Jobcentre Plus bank holiday arrangements  

On Monday 29 May, Jobcentre Plus offices and phone lines are closed.

To make sure people get their payment on a day when Jobcentre Plus offices are open, some payments will be paid early. If the expected payment date is Monday 29 May, benefits will be paid on Friday 26 May. If the expected payment date is not shown, customers will get their money on their usual payment date.

New plan to make it easier for patients to see their GP 

As part of a major multi-million pound overhaul of primary care, patients will be able to contact their general practice more easily and quickly – and find out exactly how their request will be handled on the day they call.