One of the payments offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to those with a disability or long-term health condition is PIP. It is designed to help with the financial costs that originate from having said condition with claimants eligible for up to around £628 a month. However, claimants need to report changes to the DWP or risk losing their payments all together.
How much is PIP?
The benefit payment is separated into two different parts: a daily living component and mobility component. Both are awarded at a higher or lower rate, with the rate depending on the severity of someone’s condition.
For PIP’S daily living component, the lower weekly rate is £61.85 and the higher rate went up to £92.40.The mobility component is a weekly payment of £24.45 for the lower rate and £64.50 for the higher rate.
Someone claiming the higher weekly rates of both components would receive £156.90, which would be £627.60 for the month. PIP is set to have a benefit payment rate hike in April 2023.
The 10.1 percent increase to PIP will see the daily living component’s higher and lower rate pay £101.75 and £68.10, respectively. In comparison, the mobility component will be £71.05 a week for the higher rate and £26.95 for the lower rate.
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What changes need to be reported to the DWP?
If an individual’s personal details change, including their name, address or their doctor’s information and GP information, this would need to be shared with the Government department.
Additionally, if someone’s health condition or disability worsens, or if the help they need changes, they must inform the DWP as this could affect their eligibility to claim PIP in the first place.
Those who have been told by their doctor that they only have six months or less to live should also report to the Government body with this information as they could get paid sooner.
Anyone on PIP who has to spend any extended time in hospital, care facility or abroad, must also report to the DWP. Changes to immigration status must also be reported to the Government.
On its website, Disability Claims outlines why a claimant will need to update the DWP regarding their condition when it comes to PIP.
The organisation stated: “Someone in this situation would understandably think that a change of circumstances claim would be a good idea. It certainly can be but such problems will not always lead to more points.
“Take washing and bathing as an example; suppose that you scored 2 points for needing an aid or appliance for this activity, but in addition to needing a grab rail, you now need help to wash your hair as you cannot lift your arms.
“If you look at the test you will find that the need for an aid and the need for help to wash your hair are both ways to score the same two points for this activity.
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“This brings us back to what is a relevant change of circumstances and to answer that, you need to know where you should score points and compare this with where you did score points.”
The Government has previously promoted the benefits of PIP and other DWP payments in an attempt to support disabled people across the UK.
Chloe Smith, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, shared why disabled people should access support as soon as feasibly possible
Ms Smith explained: “Living with a long-term illness or disability can have a profound effect on daily life, both for those with a diagnosis and those who care for them.
“So it’s vitally important you are receiving all the help you are entitled to.
“Millions of people already receive this support and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible for extra financial help to check online.”
Anyone interested in applying for the benefit payment can check their eligibility on the GOV.UK website.
The best way to begin the PIP application process for your claim is by calling the PIP helpline on 0800 917 2222.