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Personal Independence Payment - PIP Benefits

bm1 updated 16 April 2017

If you have a long-term illness, or are long-term disabled, you may be entitled to a new Benefit called PIP – or Personal Independence Payment to give it its full name. The title of Personal Independence Payment, should gave a good clue as to the thinking of the government. The new PIP is replacing the long-standing Disability Living Allowance.

PIP will give additional help if you are a long term health sufferer, or you are disabled. It is not specific to any impairment, and is assessed entirely on how your condition affect YOU. For instance, two persons can be suffering from the same disablement condition, but end up getting different rates of PIP - depending upon how that disablement affects you personally. There is no set rate for loss of a right leg. The rate is set according to how the loss affects you personally.

 PIP payment per week as follows.

You will need an initial assessment to see how much your condition affects you, then there will be follow-up assessments to ensure you are getting the right level of support. This could either mean a REDUCTION or increase - depending upon that follow up assessment!

Your assessment will be carried out by an Independent Healthcare Professional, and could involve a face to face meeting. You will be given a 'score' by the assessor and then the DWP will make a decision as to how much you are entitled to based upon that score.

You will have to undergo an’ assessment’ when you first claim the new Personal Independence Payment and the result of that assessment will determine how much you are going to receive – if anything.

The assessment will determine how you are ‘affected’ by your illness or disability. That will be the basis of any awarded payments you receive. It is quite possible for two people with the same illness or disability to be awarded different levels of payments – depending entirely on how that particular person is affected by it. The illness or disability is not actually 'assessed'. The award is based upon how your illness or disability affects you personally!

It is not a one-off assessment. There will be subsequent assessment to see how you are coping and if your situation has changed.

If you have a Carer, they may be entitled to Carers Allowance. This will be dependent upon the level of care and NOT the severity of any condition!

PIP Replaces DLA

All NEW claimants must claim for PIP and not DLA - with the exception of children under age 16. DLA is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over.

If you are an existing DLA claimant, then there will be no change for the present unless you live in the areas of Wales, East Midlands, West Midlands or East Anglia. SEE BELOW! Existing DLA Claimants 

To qualify for the payments, you will need to be in that age group of 16 years to 64 years – ie the government’s category of ‘working age’.

Children under the age of 16 years can still claim for DLA. If you are over 16 – and below 64, then the only option for you is to claim the new PIP.

The total payment is made of two separate components – being the ‘Daily Living Component’ and the Mobility Component’. Both components will have a ‘Standard’ and ‘Enhanced’ rate.

Each component depends upon you condition needs. It is possible that you could get both, or just one of the components.

You are entitled to the Enhanced Daily Living Component if you are terminally ill, and not expected to live beyond the following 6 months.

(There will be an assessment to decide the level of help (financial) you will need.)

Payment will be mad into your account - Bank or savings - as with all other benefits.


Existing DLA Claimants

In the areas of Wales, The East Midlands, East Anglia or the West Midlands, you can be ‘invited’ to apply for PIP if

You will then probably be ‘invited’ to Claim fir PIP. If the decision on PIP goes against you, you will still get your existing DLA payments for a minimum of 28 days after the decision.

 If you do not apply when invited, then your DLA payments could cease.

Existing DLA will continue for now for most people, BUT from 2015, PIP will certainly be in place for all – other than children under age of 16 year.

PIP helpline

Telephone: 0345 850 3322
Textphone: 0345 601 6677
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
There are Charges for the calls. They are NOT FREE

UK Land line numbers - up to 12p per minute
UK Mobile services between 3p and 45p PER MINUTE - Check rated with your provider!

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