PIP is intended to help people with the costs associated with their condition, thus potentially easing their day-to-day lives. The sum people will receive from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is likely to vary depending on how severely their condition affects them. However, the Government has laid out estimates of what claimants can expect to receive.
For the daily living component of PIP, the weekly rate stands at either £59.70 or £89.15.
Alternatively, the mobility part of PIP will either be £23.60 or £62.25 for those who are making a claim.
On average, the charity Turn2Us states, it will take the DWP 12 weeks from the date a person started a claim to make a decision.
Some claims will take less time, but Britons should expect some to take more.
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Terminally ill individuals can claim PIP if:
- a doctor or medical professional has told them they may have less than six months to live
- a person is aged 16 or over and usually has not reached state pension age
People in this situation can either claim for themselves, or ask someone to claim on their behalf.
Individuals will need to ask a doctor or other healthcare professional for the form known as ‘DS15000’.
The healthcare professional will either fill this form in for the claimant or send it directly to the DWP.
These people will be required to report a change of circumstances so their claims can be adjusted.
This can be done by contacting the PIP enquiry line to report the change.
Someone else can call the enquiry line on a person’s behalf, but they will need to be present with the claimant when they call.
PIP is tax-free, and people can claim whether they are in work or not.
The benefit is usually paid every four weeks for individuals who are entitled to it.