PIP can help with some of the extra costs associated with living with a long-term health condition or a disability. The amount a person gets will depend on how their condition affects them, rather than the condition itself. However, while many may associate PIP with a physical condition, help is also available for those who could be struggling with mental health.
Anxiety, stress or any other mental health condition, can prove costly, as outlined by the mental health charity, Mind.
The charity writes: “For many of us, it can mean we need extra support to get to work, to see family and friends and to carry on living our lives.
“That’s why benefits like PIP can make such a difference. Getting the right support can mean those of us with mental health problems won’t face a financial penalty when doing things that are important to us.”
Indeed, a PIP payment could prove an important lifeline to many people, particularly during the increased difficulties of the ongoing pandemic.
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The weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is currently set at either £59.70 or £89.15.
The mobility element of PIP will help individuals who need help going out or moving around at home.
A weekly rate of £23.60 or £62.25 is currently available to Britons from this part of PIP.
This means those who need the higher level of support on both components could receive up to £151 worth of financial aid.
As the Government explains, a mental health condition can be considered as a disability if it has a long-term impact on a person’s normal day-to-day activities, as defined under the Equality Act 2010.
A condition is considered to be ‘long term’ if it lasts, or is likely to last, for 12 months.
Normal day-to-day activities are defined as tasks a person would carry out in a normal day such as interacting with others, or working for set times.
PIP is usually paid every four weeks to those who are eligible to receive the sum from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into a person’s designated bank, building society or credit union account.
Britons can expect to be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to confirm their claim and work out the level of support required.
While face-to-face assessments have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telephone and paper-based assessments continue.
To claim PIP, people will need to contact the DWP by telephone or textphone, but are required to have the following information to hand:
- Contact details
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number
- Bank or building society account number and sort code
- Doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
Britons may also be able to claim by post, where they will be required to return a ‘how your disability affects you’ form to the DWP at the earliest possible convenience.