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DWP PIP payments of up to £608 a month for people with common conditions

todayFebruary 10, 2022

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The Department for Work and Pensions provides Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which can help with extra living costs for hundreds of thousands across the UK.

It can mean some claimants are put off from applying in the first place as they are unsure if their health condition qualifies them for the benefit.

But the DWP stresses it is important to know that it’s how the health condition affects someone’s ability to do daily tasks and move around outside the home that is considered by decision makers and not the actual health condition itself.

With that in mind, there are also a number of common conditions most commonly cited on successful PIP applications, the Daily Record reports.

The DWP confirmed that during the period between July and October 2021, it had received 180,000 registrations for new claims – the highest quarterly level of new claim registrations since PIP began in 2013.

Some 25,000 changes of circumstances were also reported.

The figures also showed that new claims are currently taking 24 weeks to complete, from registration to a decision being made.

This means anyone considering making a new claim for PIP, should do so sooner rather than later.

The benefit is designed to help people living with a long-term illness, mental health condition or physical or learning disability, however, many people are put off claiming this essential benefit, wrongly assuming that they are not eligible.

A PIP claimant’s main disabling condition is recorded during their assessment in over 99 per cent of cases.

Of those claims that have had an assessment under normal DWP rules since July, 81 per cent of new claims and 88 per cent of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessment claims are recorded as having one of the five most common disabling conditions.

These were:

Psychiatric disorders

This includes mixed anxiety, stress, depressive and mood disorders, OCD and cognitive disorders

Musculoskeletal disease (general)

This includes muscle or joint pain and arthritic conditions

Musculoskeletal disease (regional)

This includes neck, back, shoulders, elbow, wrists, hands, hip, knee and ankle pain

Neurological disease

This includes muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and other movement disorders

Respiratory disease

This includes asthma, diseases of the upper respiratory tract, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis

It is important to note, these aren’t the only conditions for which PIP can be claimed.

Who is eligible to claim PIP?

You don’t need to have worked or paid National Insurance contributions to qualify for PIP, and it doesn’t matter what your income is, if you have any savings or if you’re in or out of work – or on furlough.

You must also have a health condition or disability where you:

  • have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months
  • expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months

The DWP will judge the eligibility of your PIP claim on a period of 12 months, looking back for three months and forward for nine months – they must consider if your illness changes over time.

You usually need to have lived in Scotland for at least two of the last three years and be in the country when you apply.

PIP components

PIP is made up of two components, a daily living component and a mobility component.

PIP payment rates until April 2022

Each component has two payment rates – a standard rate and an enhanced rate.

Claimants who are assessed as having:

  • ‘Limited ability to carry out daily living activities’ (minimum score 8 points) are paid the standard rate of the daily living component of £60.00
  • ‘ Severely limited ability to carry out daily living activities’ (minimum score 12 points) are paid the enhanced rate of the daily living component of 89.60
  • ‘Limited ability to carry out mobility activities’ (minimum score 8 points) are paid the standard rate of the mobility component of £23.70
  • ‘Severely limited ability to carry out mobility activities’ (minimum score 12 points) are paid the enhanced rate of the mobility component of £62.55

Additional payment

If you qualify for PIP, you will also receive a Christmas bonus which is £10 each year – this is paid automatically and it does not affect any other benefits which you may be receiving.

Daily living activities

The decision about whether you are entitled to the daily living component, and if so at what rate, is based on the number of points you score in total for the following activities:

1. Preparing food

2. Taking nutrition

3. Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition

4. Washing and bathing

5. Managing toilet needs or incontinence

6. Dressing and undressing

7. Communicating verbally

8. Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words

9. Engaging with other people face-to-face

10. Making budgeting decisions

Each of these activities is divided into a number of point scoring descriptors. To get an award of the daily living component, you need to score:

  • 8 points for the standard rate
  • 12 points for the enhanced rate

You can only score one set of points from each activity, if two or more apply from the same activity only the highest will count.

Mobility activities

The decision about whether you are entitled to the mobility component, and if so at what rate, is based on the number of points you score in total for the following activities:

1. Planning and following journeys

2. Moving around outside the home

Both of these activities are divided into a number of point scoring descriptors. To get an award of the mobility component you need to score:

  • 8 points for the standard rate
  • 12 points for the enhanced rate

As with the daily living component, you only score the highest points that apply to you from each activity.

How to apply for PIP

To start the application process, you will need to contact the DWP on 0800 917 2222 (textphone 0800 917 7777).

You can ask for a paper form to complete if you are unable to claim by phone, although this may delay your claim.

For more information about PIP, visit gov.uk here.

All the questions on the PIP claim form

These are the questions on the PIP 2 claim form, also referred to as the ‘How your disability affects you’ evidence document.

Q1: List your health professionals

You need to give the DWP details of any health professional you’ve seen about your condition.

Q2: List your conditions, medications and treatments

List all the physical and mental health conditions and disabilities you have and the date they started.

Q3: Preparing and cooking a meal

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to prepare a simple meal for one and heating it on a hob or in a microwave until it’s safe to eat. This includes food preparation, using utensils and kitchen equipment and cooking the meal itself.

Q4: Eating and drinking

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to eat and drink.

This means being able to cut up food into pieces, put it in your mouth, chew and swallow it.

You should say if you need prompting or reminding to eat, as well if you have physical difficulties.

Q5: Managing treatments

This question is about how your health condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • manage your treatments

  • monitor your own health condition, including your mental health

  • take action to stop your condition getting worse

Q6: Washing and bathing

This question is about whether your condition makes it difficult for you to wash or bathe in a standard bath or shower that hasn’t been adapted in any way.

It’s also about whether you use any aids or appliances to help you wash or bathe.

Q7: Managing toilet needs

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • get on and off an unadapted toilet seat

  • clean yourself afterwards

  • if applicable, manage your incontinence

Q8: Dressing and undressing

This question is for you to describe any difficulties you have dressing or undressing. This means putting on and taking off unmodified, appropriate clothes – including shoes and socks.

‘Appropriate clothes’ means clothes that are appropriate for:

  • the weather

  • the occasion

  • the time of day

Q9: Communicating verbally

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • speak to others so that you’re understood

  • hear and understand what other people are saying to you

Q10: Reading

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • read information that is a standard text size (not large print)

  • read signs – for example, emergency exit signs

  • read indoors and outside

Q11: Mixing with other people

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • meet people and mix with them

  • judge situations when you’re with other people and behave appropriately

  • establish relationships with people – for example make friends

Q12: Making decisions about money

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to manage everyday purchases and transactions.

This means things like:

  • paying in shops and restaurants

  • budgeting for and paying your bills

  • budgeting for bigger things such as a TV

Q13: Going out

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • plan and follow a route to a place you know (it doesn’t matter how you get there)

  • plan and follow a bus or train route to a place you don’t know

  • cope in places that you don’t know

  • if applicable, leave the house because of stress or anxiety

Q14: Moving around outside the home

This question is about how your condition makes it difficult for you to:

  • stand safely without help

  • walk safely without stopping and without help

Additional information

This is a blank page that you can use if you run out of space on the claim form.

You can also use it to give any additional information you think necessary. There’s no right or wrong type of information to include but it’s a good idea to use this space to tell the DWP if:

  • someone had to fill in the form for you and explain why

  • you filled in the form slowly or with pain

  • filling in the form caused you anxiety or stress

  • you’re attaching medical evidence to support your claim – for example, a care plan

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