Following a ruling by the Upper Tribunal from 21st August 2020, there has been a change in the way in which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) considers whether someone can wash or bath safely, as part of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. In particular, whether a deaf or hearing-impaired person would be able to hear a standard fire alarm while washing or bathing. As a result of the ruling, PIP claims which were decided on or after 21st August 2020 may be reviewed. Those that are affected will be contacted by DWP.

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