Personal Independence Payment is a non-means-tested essential payment given to many people across the UK. PIP is available to those who need help with the extra costs of a long-term health condition or disability. But who exactly is eligible for PIP and what new changes have been announced?
What is Personal Independence Payment?
PIP is a payment designed to help those who experience extra costs as a result of a disability or long-term health condition.
The payment is available for those aged 16 and above.
PIP is a non-means-tested benefit which means it is not contingent on your earnings or whether you have savings or capital.
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What kinds of illnesses are eligible for PIP?
PIP is not assessed based on the condition or medication you take, but instead, the payment is based upon how much help one needs and how much their daily life is impacted.
Those who need help with any of the following are told to consider applying:
- Preparing and cooking food
- Eating and drinking
- Managing your treatments
- Washing and bathing
- Managing toilet needs or incontinence
- Dressing and undressing
- Communicating with other people
- Reading and understanding written information
- Mixing with others
- Making decisions about money
- Planning a journey or following a route
- Shopping and paying bills
- Planning and following journeys
- Moving around.
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How is PIP impacted by State Pension?
If you started claiming PIP after May 31, 2019, you will no longer have your payment reviewed when you reach State Pension age, which is currently 65, but is climbing to 66 soon.
Instead, PIP recipients will receive an ongoing payment, with a light touch review after 10 years.
If you began claiming PIP before May 31, 2019, you will still have a review when you reach State Pension age.
But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said it will extend the ongoing payment to all claimants in the coming months.
What changes have there been to PIP amid the coronavirus pandemic?
From March 17, 2020, the Government announced there would be no face-to-face assessments.
Instead, to cut down on the risk to claimants, assessors and others the assessment process would be undertaken either online, as a paper-based one or over the phone.
But now changes are being made to return to a somewhat normal operation.
Claimants of PIP and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are likely to see changes to their assessment methods beginning this month.
For some PIP and DLA claimants, the Department of Work and Pensions will shortly be writing to them to ask them to complete paperwork to resume their reviews, reassessments and renewals.
How much PIP could you receive?
PIP consists of two parts: the daily living component and the mobility component.
Each component is paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.
From April 2020 the weekly rates are as follows:
- Daily living component standard rate: £59.70
- Daily living component enhanced rate: £89.15
- Mobility component standard rate: £23.60
- Mobility component enhanced rate: £62.25.