Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim
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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is designed to provide help with extra living costs to people who have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability. Their disability therefore could have an effect on them doing certain everyday tasks or getting around.
The official figures issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show 35 percent of those claiming receive the highest award of £627 a month.
With over 500 conditions that apply, Britons are encouraged to check if they too can receive this cash boost.
As the cost of living continues, and inflation sits at nine percent, any extra cash could be vital for families on low incomes feeling the financial squeeze.
To be eligible for PIP, people must have a health condition or disability where they have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months.
Additionally they should expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months.
Claimants usually need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be in the country when they apply.
People should consider applying for PIP if they get or need help with certain tasks such as:
- preparing, cooking or eating food
- managing your medication
- washing, bathing or using the toilet
- dressing and undressing
The April 2022 figures show a significant increase in the number of people claiming for psychiatric disorders, which includes autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders and learning disorders.
Claimants with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis, joint pain and hip disorders, have also increased.
According to the figures, three million people are now receiving financial support of between £24.45 and £156.90 each week and as the benefit is paid every four weeks, this amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.
Being eligible to apply for the award doesn’t mean that one is guaranteed to receive it, the application has to be assessed against specific criteria.
People will need an assessment to work out the level of financial help they will receive and their rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure they are getting the right support.
PIP is made up of two components:
- Daily living
Whether someone gets one or both of these and how much depends on how severely their condition affects them.
Britons will be paid the following amounts per week depending on their circumstances:
Standard rate: £61.85 Enhanced rate: £92.40
Standard rate: £24.45 Enhanced rate: £64.50
These are the main disability categories, the umbrella term by which a total of 547 other conditions fall under.
This list is only an overview of conditions, disorders and diseases and how the DWP lists the main disabilities being claimed for.
Haematological disease – 6,784
Infectious disease – 7,710
Malignant disease – 90,308
Metabolic disease – 4,400
Psychiatric disorders – 1,082,483
Neurological disease – 384,832
Visual disease – 54,431
Hearing disorders – 31,557
Cardiovascular disease – 75,313
Gastrointestinal disease – 25,363
Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract – 10,442
Skin disease – 19,595
Musculoskeletal disease (general) – 601,750
Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – 354,951
Autoimmune disease (connective tissue disorders) – 16,639
Genitourinary disease – 21,991
Endocrine disease – 40,519
Respiratory disease – 130,591
Multisystem and extremes of age – 1,056
Diseases of the immune system – 949
People can make a new claim by contacting the DWP.
They will find all the information they need to apply on the GOV.UK website.
Before calling, Britons will need:
- Their contact details
- Their date of birth
- Their National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
- Their bank or building society account number and sort code
- Their doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
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