DWP publishes guidance on who qualifies for PIP as benefit increases

The DWP has issued new guidance about who is eligible for PIP. Payments have increased 10.1 percent from this week along with many other benefits, including Universal Credit.

A person needs to have had one of the qualifying health conditions for at least three months to claim, and they must expect their condition to continue to affect them for at least another nine months.

The DWP has published five guides to help Britons understand how the benefit works, including:

  • Getting help from Personal Independence Payment
  • How to claim Personal Independence Payment
  • Supporting information for Personal Independence Payment
  • What to expect at the Personal Independence Payment assessment
  • Important things to know about the Personal Independence Payment decision.

Applicants are assessed to determine what level of support they need as there is a lower and a higher rate depending on how much support a person needs with their daily life and with getting around.

With the 10.1 percent uprating, these are the new rates:

Daily living component

  • Standard rate: £68.10
  • Enhanced rate: £101.75

Mobility component

  • Standard rate: £26.90
  • Enhanced rate: £71.00.

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These are the main disability categories that currently qualify for PIP, which represent more than 500 conditions in total. The number represents the number of people who claim for that category:

  • Haematological Disease – 7,577
  • Infectious disease – 10,962
  • Malignant disease – 100,863
  • Metabolic disease – 4,782
  • Psychiatric disorders – 1,206,838
  • Neurological disease – 411,887
  • Visual disease – 57,180
  • Hearing disorders – 34,399
  • Cardiovascular disease – 83,568
  • Gastrointestinal disease – 29,036
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract -11,770
  • Skin disease – 21,375
  • Musculoskeletal disease (general) – 649,780
  • Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – 387,128
  • Autoimmune disease (connective tissue disorders) – 17,997
  • Genitourinary disease – 24,777
  • Endocrine disease – 43,288
  • Respiratory disease – 136,757
  • Multisystem and extremes of age – 1,235
  • Diseases of the immune system – 1,081
  • Unknown or missing – 10,547.

A person can make a claim for PIP on the Government website. They will need to provide the following details:

  • Contact details
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
  • Bank or building society account number and sort code
  • Doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
  • Dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital.

PIP has been replaced in Scotland with Adult Disability Payment (ADP), which has the same qualifying conditions and payments.

People can apply for ADP using the Social Security Scotland website after registering for a myaccount.

Other benefits that have increased 10.1 percent from this week include Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Pension Credit.

The state pension has also gone up by 10.1 percent with the full basic pension paying £156.20 a week while the new state pension is £203.85 a week.

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