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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Department for Work and Pensions plans to begin reintroducing face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits during May - here are more details
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! People who receive Universal Credit are being warned of an overhaul of the system from this month. Over the past year, changes have been brought in to keep DWP staff and benefits recipients safe during the pandemic. But now face to face appointments could resume. In line with the latest public health guidance and adhering to strict safety protocols, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to begin reintroducing face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits during May. The update from DWP through its Touchbase service said: "People will be invited for their appointments by letter, which will clearly set out what to expect at their appointment. "Face-to-face assessments will take place alongside existing paper-based assessments, and telephone assessments - for Work Capability Assessments and PIP - which will continue to take place where suitable." Jobcentre Plus offices also resumed face-to-face appointments at the end of April for customers who need to be seen by their work coach, however, the LA Welfare Direct bulletin on the GOV.UK website states that priority is being given to "new customers and young people (aged 18 to 24) who are at risk of long term unemployment". The DWP said it has worked with assessment providers to ensure that assessment centres are fully compliant with Covid-19 safety measures and earlier this week published detailed guidance on GOV.UK for claimants and assessment providers to support the safe resumption of face-to-face assessments.
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." The DWP has also added more new temporary jobcentres across the UK, reports the Manchester Evening News.
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The department is setting up temporary jobcentres during 2021 to deal with increased demand for services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new jobcentres will provide services across the country where they are needed and will increase capacity to provide tailored face-to-face support in a Covid-secure environment to help support more people back into work. The full list of temporary jobcentres across the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website here.
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