PIP claimants can get up to £748 each month – are you eligible? | Personal Finance | Finance

PIP is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and offers successful claimants up to £748 a month.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has two components a daily living part and a mobility part.

‌The daily living part is for those who need help with everyday tasks, and the mobility part is for those who need help moving around.

Each comes with two rates: a standard rate and an enhanced rate.

The amount someone gets depends on their individual circumstances, and how difficult they find certain tasks.

Britons can apply for the benefit even if they’re working, have savings, or are already receiving other benefits.

The standard and enhanced payment rates are as follows:

Daily living tasks

  • Standard rate – £68.10 a week (up from £61.85)
  • Enhanced rate – £101.75 a week (up from £92.40).

Mobility tasks

  • Standard rate – £26.90 a week (up from £24.45)
  • Enhanced rate – £71 a week (up from £64.50).

‌The enhanced rate of the mobility component also gives people the option of getting a Motability vehicle instead of cash.

The changes mean those entitled to the full rate can now receive up to £172.75 a week, which translates to around £748.58 a month, up from £156.90.

A person has to expect their condition to affect them for at least 12 months from when it started to qualify for the support.

They also have to be affected by it in carrying out daily tasks or in getting around. An applicant may need to have an assessment to determine what level of support they need.

‌There are more than 540 conditions that can qualify a person to receive the benefit.

Figures from a Benefits and Work study found these conditions are ‘extremely likely’ to get an award:

  • Dementia – 94.1 percent
  • Motor neurone disease – 97.5 percent
  • Down’s syndrome – 99.6 percent
  • Creutzfeldt Jacob disease CJD) – 100 percent.

The most commonly recorded disabling conditions included:

  • Psychiatric disorders – including anxiety, stress and OCD – 37 percent of claims
  • Musculoskeletal disease (general) – including joint pain or arthritic conditions – 20 percent of claims
  • Neurological disease – including epilepsy or multiple sclerosis – 13 percent of claims
  • Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – including conditions affecting the neck, back or wrists – 12 percent of claims
  • Respiratory disease – including asthma and pulmonary fibrosis – four
  • From sleep apnoea and cystic fibrosis to severe asthma, the 24 respiratory conditions that people claim PIP for include:
  • Sleep apnoea – obstructive
  • Upper respiratory tract – other diseases of/type not known
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Asthma
  • Asbestosis
  • Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration
  • Pulmonary fibrosis – other/type not known
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pleura
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung transplantation
  • Heart and lung transplantation.

As well as this monthly payment, Britons claiming certain disability benefits such as PIP are due to receive a £150 cost of living payment.

‌The payment forms part of a £26billion support package to help vulnerable Britons with rising cost pressures, as inflation persists at a high 8.7 percent.

‌To qualify for this year’s payment, people must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) on April 1, 2023.

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