Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can be claimed if you have a disability or illness that affects your everyday life. You must be 16 to 64 and you will be assessed by a health professional to determine if you are eligible to claim and how much you will receive. To speak to someone about PIP you can call 0844 248 2561 and request to claim for PIP or inform the DWP of a change of circumstances etc.
How much PIP you will be paid depends on your condition and the DWP evaluates every case individually. PIP is made up of two parts: mobility and daily living. Both of these components are paid at either enhanced or standard rates. These rates are as follows :
Mobility – standard rate – £22
Mobility – enhanced rate – £58
Daily Living – standard rate – £55.65
Daily Living – enhanced rate – £83.10
If you have a terminal illness you will automatically receive the enhanced daily living rate, the mobility rate will depend on how much help you need to be mobile (many people with terminal illnesses do not receive this as they can get around themselves).
As stated above the mobility rate is to help you pay for getting around such as journey planning, route following or moving. The daily living rate is help for everyday tasks like food preparations, getting dressed and washed or communication.
The PIP claim form will be sent to you after you have spoken to the DWP on the phone, if you find it difficult to communicate via phone call you can look on their website for more information about contacting the DWP in an alternative way. You will need to have this information on hand: contact details, national insurance number, date of birth, bank details such as account number and sort code, your doctor or health worker’s details and dates and addresses for times you have spent in the hospital or a care home.
There will be 15 questions on the form that inquire about: your health professionals, your diagnosed conditions, the medication you receive, the treatments you receive, how you prepare and cook food, how you are with eating and drinking, how you manage your treatments, if you struggle with washing, bathing, using the toilet, if you can dress and undress yourself, if you can communicate, if you can read, how you are mixing with other people, if you struggle going out, if you can move around and the last question is regarding any additional information you would like to add.
PIP Rates for Mental Health
In March 2017, the Government changed the law surrounding claiming PIP, making it so that if you struggle to make journeys due to overwhelming distress you will only be eligible for less PIP than other people who claim. Thankfully, in December 2017 the High Courts claimed these changes were “blatantly discriminatory” and illegal as it discriminates against people with mental health problems, the Government did not consult the High Court on the changes and the Government does not have the power to just make the laws. The Government have decided not to challenge the High Courts decision to overrule these changes and people suffering from mental health problems such as psychological distress are still eligible for PIP support the same as other people who claim PIP.
The rates for PIP regarding your mental health are the same as the other rates (daily living, mobility) it just depends on how your mental illness affects your day to day like and how you travel. If you have previously claimed for PIP for support when travelling you may be eligible for more support after you next assessment.