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Thousands of Universal Credit claimants can get extra £624 DWP payment each month

today30 June 2022

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Thousands of Universal Credit claimants can get an extra £624 from the DWP each month. It is believed many new and existing claimants could be missing out.

It would mean people on Universal Credit will receive an extra top up worth £156 every week. The payment is made for those who need help due to illness, disability or mental health condition.

Lancashire Live reports that the financial support would come through Personal Independence Payments (PIP). It comes as a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that families on low incomes are enduring a “year of financial fear” and making grim choices such as falling behind on bills, going without essentials or taking on expensive debt.

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JRF said the cost-of-living crisis and a decade of social security cuts and underfunding are taking a heavy toll and is calling for an increase in basic Universal Credit entitlements. It found that 94% of UC recipients with a deduction from their payments were going without essentials, as were just over three-quarters (76%) of UC recipients without a deduction.

More than seven in 10 (72%) UC recipients with deductions had gone hungry in the previous 30 days, compared with four in 10 (42%) without deductions. DWP figures show that in January 2022 there were 5.6 million people across the UK receiving financial support through Universal Credit. The benefit is intended to help those out of work or on a low income with daily living costs and in April

An estimated 500,000 more people will be eligible this year as rules change. The latest PIP data shows that at the end of April there were three million people across the UK claiming PIP support with just over one in three claimants (35%) receiving the highest level of award.

Below is a quick guide to PIP to help you decide if you should consider making a claim.

What is PIP?

PIP is a benefit for those over 16 and under State Pension age, that can help with daily living costs and mobility needs as the result of a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition. You don’t need to have worked or paid National Insurance to qualify for PIP.

It isn’t means-tested either, so it doesn’t matter what your income is, how much you have in savings, or whether you’re currently employed. The biggest misconception about PIP is that the DWP will only award the benefit to people with outwardly visible physical, long-term health conditions or disabilities.

In fact, PIP is a benefit aimed at providing support for people with an ever-evolving list of ‘hidden’ conditions, including stress, anxiety and depression. To be eligible for PIP, you must have a health condition or disability where you:

  • have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
  • expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months

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

Who is eligible for PIP?

If you get or need help with any of the following because of your condition, you should consider applying for PIP:

  • preparing, cooking or eating food
  • managing your medication
  • washing, bathing or using the toilet
  • dressing and undressing
  • engaging and communicating with other people
  • reading and understanding written information
  • making decisions about money
  • planning a journey or following a route
  • moving around

There are different rules if you are terminally ill, you will find these on the GOV.UK website here.

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