Making a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or transferring from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the benefit can be a lengthy and confusing process for some claimants.
However, it’s worth pursuing because people who are awarded PIP will receive between £23.60 and £151.40 per week. – if you are aged 16 or over and have not yet reached State Pension age, which is now 66 for everyone in the UK.
PIP is paid every four weeks in arrears, which means you could receive between £94.40 and £605.60 every month in additional financial support, reports the Liverpool Echo.
It isn’t means tested or taxed and you can claim it if you are in or out of work.
The purpose of the benefit is to enhance the lives of those living with a long-term health issue, disability or mental health condition.
Pip is awarded based on how your condition affects you on a daily basis, not the condition itself.
Once you have submitted the ‘ How Your Disability Affects You’ evidence form you may be invited to attend an assessment with a health professional – these continue to be telephone-based since the suspension of face-to-face assessments in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
How much PIP will I get and when?
Once the health professional submits their findings from the telephone consultation, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will look at all the evidence and make a decision on how much, if any, PIP to award you.
You will receive an ‘Award letter’ which will outline which of the components you have been awarded and at what rate.
PIP is made up of a combination of two components:
Whether you get one or both of these and how much depends on how severely your condition affects you.
You will be awarded the following amounts per week depending on your circumstances.
- Standard rate – £59.70
- Enhanced rate – £89.15
- Standard rate – £23.60
Enhanced rate – £62.25
The award letter will also outline the payments process for people receiving their first PIP amount and for those transferring from DLA.
PIP is paid on a specific day, every four weeks – this will be detailed by the DWP in the letter.
For people moving from DLA, which is paid on a Tuesday, this will also outline the new payment date. It will also indicate any payment changes to your DLA until the PIP process has been completed – you continue to receive DLA until 28 days after DWP has made a decision about your PIP claim.
The whole process from making a new claim or doing a reassessment from DLA to PIP can take up to four months.
How do I make a claim for PIP?
To start the process for making a new claim for PIP, phone the DWP on 0800 917 2222.
Before you call, you will need:
your contact details, for example telephone number
your date of birth
your National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
your bank or building society account number and sort code
your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital
Once you have contacted the DWP, they will send you a document to complete which consists of 14 questions and a section for any additional information.
The questions focus on how your condition affects you – put as much relevant detail in as you can to help the assessor understand your needs on a daily basis.
If you have difficulty filling in your form or understanding the questions, contact your local council and ask for help from social services