Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim
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The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) awards that are automatically extended are the existing awards that were awaiting review from the current three months up to 12 months. From October 31, a letter will be sent automatically to people on PIP confirming continuing entitlement for up to 12 months. The DWP also said that those who will have the automatic extension would receive a text message from the department 35 days before the award end date.
Anyone needing written confirmation before the end of October can contact the PIP helpline on 0800 121 4433 and a notification of entitlement will be posted to them.
This means claimants do not need to contact the DWP unless their circumstances change.
The government department stated the extension would “provide greater certainty” for claimants and in particular help with continuing to access other support, such as the Blue Badge scheme.
The official confirmation came in the latest edition of the DWP newsletter, Touchbase.
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However, just because a PIP claim has been extended by up to 12 months does not mean it cannot be conducted before the new review date.
In the newsletter, the DWP clarified: “In line with our usual process, we may review claims before their new end date and if so, will write to claimants to inform them.
“PIP payments will be received as normal until we complete the review of a claim. If we have not completed the review by the extended award date, we may extend the end date of the PIP award again and will write to claimants to tell them about this.
“Please share this information within your organisations.”
First introduced in 2013, PIP is a benefit which is paid to those with disabilities under the state pension age and according to official figures, there are around three million people in the UK claiming the support.
PIP is paid at two rates and the sum is based on the severity of the condition, rather than the condition itself.
The standard rate for daily living sits at £61.85 and the enhanced rate is £92.40.
The mobility component, which is extra if people need help getting around, is £24.45 per week for the standard rate and the enhanced rate is £64.50 per week.
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Britons are able to claim both components if they need them and can be eligible for any combination of the different amounts.
If a person is eligible for both enhanced payments then they could claim up to £627.60 each month.
PIP is not a “means-tested” benefit so does not depend on having paid enough in National Insurance contributions, it is not means-tested nor is it based on a person’s savings or income.
According to official figures, there are around three million people in the UK and those who claim may be able to have access to other benefits too.
Depending on what level of PIP a person gets, they may be eligible for “top-ups” on things like Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit.
These are referred to as “premiums”, and some, like the Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit, are only given if a person gets the PIP daily living component.
In some circumstances, a person can be entitled to a special discount on their council tax and they could also receive an increased rate of Housing Benefit if they receive PIP on behalf of a child who still lives at home.
However, they must be aged between 16 and 20 years and in training or education.
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