The DWP is testing a new digital application process for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). The benefit supports people who have a long term health condition or illness that affects their daily life and mobility.
The Government has said it is carrying out a “small-scale test” of the new online application process for PIP.
At present, people commonly start their PIP claim by calling the helpling or via post but the new system will provide an alternative online way to send in a claim.
Tom Pursglove, DWP minister, said: “We are currently operating a small-scale test of the new online apply service for PIP as a limited service, initially offering it to a small number of claimants who call the phone line to begin their claim for PIP.
“Currently, we are offering the service to 60 claimants a day. Call agents offer the voluntary option to claim online to claimants within scope of the current service until the daily limit is met.
“This approach allows us to build, develop and design the service, exploring and making improvements as we gradually increase its availability.”
These groups are due to be gradually added to those who can apply using the online service:
- People applying in an official capacity, such as appointees
- People with a Welsh or Northern Ireland postcode
- People applying for special rules
- People with a previous or existing PIP or DLA claim
- People without a National Insurance number or with a GY or JY postcode.
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PIP is made up of two components, a daily living rate and a mobility rate, with a lower and higher rate for each component.
The current rates are:
Daily living part
- Standard weekly rate – £61.85
- Enhanced weekly rate – £92.40
- Standard weekly rate – £24.45
- Enhanced weekly rate – 64.50.
In April, the amount a person gets from PIP will increase by 10.1 percent. The new rates will be:
Daily living part
- Standard weekly rate – £68.10
- Enhanced weekly rate – £101.75
- Standard weekly rate – £26.90
- Enhanced weekly rate – £71.
If a person needs help when calling to start their PIP claim, they can ask for someone to call on their behalf.
Many other benefits are increasing 10.1 percent in the new tax year, including Universal Credit and Pension Credit.
The state pension is also increasing 10.1 percent in April for both the basic and new state pension.
The full basic state pension is going up to £156.20 a week while the new state pension is increasing to £203.85 a week.
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