People who obtain Universal Credit are being warned of an overhaul of the system from this month.
Over the previous yr, modifications have been introduced in to maintain DWP workers and advantages recipients protected in the course of the pandemic. But now nose to nose appointments might resume.
In line with the most recent public well being steerage and adhering to strict security protocols, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to start reintroducing face-to-face assessments for well being and incapacity advantages throughout May.
The replace from DWP by means of its Touchbase service stated: “People shall be invited for his or her appointments by letter, which is able to clearly set out what to anticipate at their appointment.
“Face-to-face assessments will happen alongside present paper-based assessments, and phone assessments – for Work Capability Assessments and PIP – which is able to proceed to happen the place appropriate.”
Jobcentre Plus workplaces additionally resumed face-to-face appointments on the finish of April for patrons who must be seen by their work coach, nonetheless, the LA Welfare Direct bulletin on the GOV.UK web site states that precedence is being given to “new prospects and younger folks (aged 18 to 24) who’re in danger of long run unemployment”.
The DWP stated it has labored with evaluation suppliers to make sure that evaluation centres are absolutely compliant with Covid-19 security measures and earlier this week printed detailed steerage on GOV.UK for claimants and evaluation suppliers to assist the protected resumption of face-to-face assessments.
The DWP detailed steerage for claimants in Scotland, England and Wales, requested to attend a face-to-face evaluation consists of:
- Advice for claimants who’re ‘clinically extraordinarily susceptible’
- Advice on who you may convey with you to the evaluation centre
- Social distancing necessities
- PPE and face coverings
The DWP stated: “Our method and steerage shall be saved beneath overview to make sure the division’s method stays aligned with the most recent public well being steerage.”
The DWP has additionally added extra new non permanent jobcentres throughout the UK, reviews the Manchester Evening News.
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The division is establishing non permanent jobcentres throughout 2021 to take care of elevated demand for providers consequently of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new jobcentres will present providers throughout the nation the place they’re wanted and can improve capability to supply tailor-made face-to-face assist in a Covid-secure surroundings to assist assist extra folks again into work.
The full checklist of non permanent jobcentres throughout the UK might be discovered on the GOV.UK web site here.