DWP: PIP explained and the 19 health conditions that could get you £156 extra a week
If you are struggling with a health condition that makes it difficult to work, then you could be eligible for an extra £156 a week. Certain conditions or disabilities could mean you qualify for the additional cash through the Government's Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
PIP is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions and is available to those who have specific health conditions or disabilities. While people are often put off claiming PIP as they don’t think their condition will qualify, there are actually 19 conditions, disorders and diseases which claimants are currently receiving monthly support payments for and if a claimant were to receive the largest possible amount available, they could get over £156 a week.
The DWP has recently raised the payment rates for various benefit payments, including the state pension and its disability payments, reported the Express. Among the disability payments which were affected were PIP, Attendance Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, and Child Disability Living Allowance.
The increase matched the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation from last year, which means payments went up by 3.1 percent. Claimants of PIP - which is paid at a higher and lower weekly rate across its two available components - saw a rise to their payments.
For the daily living component of the disability benefit, the lower weekly rate was raised to £61.85 and the higher rate went up to £94.40. In comparison, PIP’s mobility component saw an increase to £24.45 for the lower rate and £64.50 for the higher rate.
If someone were to be in receipt of the higher weekly rates of both components, a PIP claimant would receive £156.90. However, how much someone gets from PIP is dependant on the “severity” of their health condition or disability.
The 19 health conditions which qualify for PIP
- Diseases of the liver, gallbladder and biliary tract
- Malignant disease
- Skin disease
- Infectious disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Haematological disease
- Respiratory disease
- Diseases of the immune system
- Musculoskeletal disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Genitourinary disease
- Endocrine disease
- Metabolic disease
- Neurological disease
- Visual disease
- Psychiatric disorders
- Multisystem and extremes of age
- Hearing disorders
The UK Government has made a conscious effort to advertise its various disability benefit payments, including PIP. Chloe Smith, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, outlined the importance of people applying for support if they have a qualifying health condition.
Ms Smith said: “Living with a long-term illness or disability can have a profound effect on daily life, both for those with a diagnosis and those who care for them. So it’s vitally important you are receiving all the help you are entitled to. Millions of people already receive this support and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible for extra financial help to check online.”
If you think you may be eligible for PIP, visit the local DWP for more information or call the PIP helpline at 0800 121 4433. Those who apply for PIP will need to share personal details about how their health condition affects them on a regular basis. Once having successfully received PIP, claimants must update the DWP if their health condition worsens or gets better as that could affect how much they get.
Reference: Nottinghampshire Live: Karen Antcliff
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