How To Apply For PIP Online

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.

PIP Rates

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.

PIP Form

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.

Potential Universal Credit U-turn Could be Seen in the Near Future.

Potential Universal Credit U-turn Could be Seen in the Near Future.

There is a possible u-turn in the future for the policies surrounding the universal credit benefits system, which has begun edging closer as more Tory backbenchers have started to voice their concerns with the system.

Many have been left arguing against the current decision to have all new claimants waiting for six-weeks before receiving any benefits from their universal credit, and are asking for the time to be reduced to a month to ensure that many are left in a situation which doesn’t leave them falling into debt. Although Theresa May has continued to insist that the current track is a system that works, many backbench Conservative members have voiced concerns about the effect that this wait may have on those claiming the vital benefit scheme.

This comes after a decision was made last week to scrap the charges on a telephone helpline for the service after Jeremy Corbyn began an uproar surrounding it, and the situation has continued to spiral as MP’s continue to find issue with the service. No decision has been made as of yet to change the waiting period, although the DWP has continued to insist that it has no imminent plans to amend the system.

The work and pensions committee are hoping to publish a report this week that will supply cross-party suggestions for how universal credit could be improved, as it has been found that many of the worries about the future rollout focus on the initial six-week wait for payment that many critics and charities have suggested could cause serious issues, as it has so far made many families build up rent arrears and other debts while waiting for the vital money.

The DWP says that people can be helped by receiving advance payments from them, yet have faced increased pressure on dropping the waiting time to four weeks, as many MP’s including those representing the Conservatives have argued against the current payment period. Many say that these payments should match those you would receive when you first start a job and receive your first salary.

Criticism on the policy has come not only from within Parliament, but also from the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who stated that many families feared universal credit because they think that the system seems to assume that everyone applying has a nest egg to tide them over, which many of those that are applying for support will not have.

Labour has helped to lead the opposition to the system, after Jeremy Corbyn’s initial issue with claimants being charged 55p a minute when they call a universal credit helpline on a mobile phone – an issue that has since been scrapped as they have changed the fee to completely free. This was also followed by a major Commons defeat on the government, as an opposition day motion that was calling for a pause in the rollout was won by those opposing the rollout, with the move being passed 229 to zero – after government whips ordered all Tory MP’s to abstain from voting.

The Shadow pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said that Labour was supporting the idea of universal credit as a useful method to help those struggling with money and those who needed help to get back into work. However, they also want more changes to the support that is being offered, as they not only want the reduction in waiting time but other policy changes including alternative pay arrangements so that claimants can have a situation that suits their needs better.

Job Seekers Allowance Contact Number

0843 178 4633

If you need to contact somebody about Job Seekers Allowance you can call 0843 178 4633 to speak to a member of staff who will be able to answer any questions you have about redeeming Job Seeker’s Allowance or to find out if you qualify for Job Seeker’s Allowance.

Job Seeker’s Allowance Contact Numbers:

Department Phone Number Opening Hours
Helpline 0843 178 4633 08:00am – 18:00pm
Applications 0843 178 4634 08:00am – 18:00pm
Complaints 0843 178 4635 08:00am – 18:00pm

Job Seeker’s Allowance – 0843 178 4633

Job seeker’s allowance is a type of benefit that helps those looking for work until they can secure a full-time job. To claim for job seeker’s allowance you have to provide evidence of your job search by regularly attending the job centre to speak to an advisor about possible job availabilities. To find out more about the job seeker’s allowance call 0844 248 2557 to speak to a member of the customer service team at HMRC.

Claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance – 0843 178 4634

To claim for job seeker’s allowance you must be over the age of 18 (although there are some exceptions made for 16-17 year olds, please call 0843 178 4634 to discuss these exceptions) and below the age of state pension. You must also be a UK resident that is able to work as well as actively searching for a job, this means you cannot claim job seeker’s allowance whilst in full-time education. If you are working less than 24 hours a week and have less than £16,000 in savings you can also claim for job seeker’s allowance. For the first 6 months, you will be on contribution-based JSA and if by the end of the first six months you have paid enough national insurance you may be entitled to income-based job seeker’s allowance. The former provides £57.35 per week for 16 – 24-year-olds and £72.40 for over 25’s. The latter provides the same amount for single parents, however, couples over 18 will receive a joint weekly amount of £113.70. If you have some questions about claiming for job seeker’s allowance or if you are unsure if you qualify for job seeker’s allowance please call 0843 178 4634 to speak to a member of staff who will be able to answer all of your questions and help you with the claiming process.

Complaining about Job Seeker’s Allowance – 0843 178 4635

If you have experienced a problem with claiming your job seeker’s allowance, you have had a negative experience with a member of staff or you are not being paid your job seeker’s allowance in full or at all please call 0843 178 4635 to speak to a member of the complaints team who will be able to investigate these problems and report any feedback you have if you have been treated wrongly whilst seeking help from customer services. If you’re complaining about being paid your job seeker’s allowance a member of the complaints team will act accordingly depending on your claims and problem, you may be referred to someone in HMRC to discusss these problems if you think there has been a problem with your payments.

Your rights as a parent in the UK

Your rights as a parent in the UK

Whether you’re a new parent in the UK, or you’re looking to up your knowledge around your rights as a full-time parent or a parent in work, below is a guide for you. As a parent in the UK, you’re entitled to some rights and you should be aware of them. Read on to learn more about Maternity Rights, Leave, Breastfeeding, information on Adoption leave and more.

Maternity Rights

When you’re pregnant in the UK, you could be entitled to maternity pay and leave from your work. Maternity allowance is usually less than your current pay, but it will still be a sufficient amount to live on whilst you’re away from work. When you’re on Maternity Leave, you may choose to work some days either from home or in the office. If this is the case, pay can be discussed with your employer.

If you are not given your maternity rights, or you feel as though you have been discriminated against, there are steps you can take against your employer. Firstly, talk to your employer about your rights. If they still decline to provide you with your rights, you should then speak to your trade union. If you do not have one, you can speak to ACAS who can assist you further.

If you’re an employee, you will be entitled to maternity leave. If you are self-employed or work a zero hour contract, you will not be entitled to leave or pay when it comes to your maternity. At least 15 weeks before the arrival of your baby, you must tell your employer that you are pregnant, and when your baby is due. You must also inform them of when you would like to take maternity leave, and when you would like to come back from taking your leave. When asking for your maternity leave, it’s best to have your MATB1 form with you or to give it to your employer when once you have it. These forms are given to you around your 20-week scan.

What you will earn when on maternity pay and leave can differ. However, you can calculate how much you will be on from the citizen’s advice.

Paternity Leave

If you are a new father, you will be given two weeks paternity leave when your partner has the baby. If you have recently adopted a child, you can also take paternity leave for 2 weeks. In order to qualify for paternity leave, you must have had the same employer for 26 weeks, be the biological father of the child, be responsible for the child and have given your employer the correct notice. Notice periods differ depending on the company you work for, discuss notice periods with your boss before discussing leave further with them.

During paternity leave, you will be given statutory pay. Leave can start on the day your child is born or the day in which the child is placed in your car through adoption.

Breastfeeding Rights

When you have given birth, you will still have the same health protection as when you were pregnant. In the UK, it is legal to breastfeed in public, this rule should apply to many offices, however, this is down to the company. Discuss your rights with your boss before breastfeeding in public in order to avoid any unhappy situations with co-workers.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave is a right given to those who are adopting a child together, or who are having a surrogacy carry their child to term for them. Shared leave means that the parents can have up to 50 weeks off together, with up to 37 weeks of those paid by your employer. To be eligible for shared leave you must share the care of the child, have had the same employer for 26 weeks, and still be employed by the same employer at the time the adoption takes place.  The amount you are paid on share parental leave will be decided by your employer, and pay should be discussed when you tell your employer of your adoption.

Hospital Appointments

If you have worked for your current employer for over a year, you are entitled to take time off in order to look after your children. Up to 18 weeks is the amount you can take off if your child is below the age of 5, or under the age of 18 if the child is disabled. If you are pregnant, you are also entitled paid time to attend antenatal appointments, and for each appointment, you can take up to 6.5 hours paid time away from work.

New offices around the country for HMRC

HMRC is currNew offices for HMRCently based in central London. The address for their current main offices can be found below:

100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2BQ

Although central to London itself, the government body has been criticised for not housing more offices or hubs for large cities away from London in the North of England. A plan released this morning shows how the government funded body aims to saves hundreds of millions in taxpayer money by opening regional offices and closing smaller central offices.

The main move for HMRC is the relocation of its head office to a site over 107 000 square ft in size in Bristol. Near Temple Meads station, the new site will house over 1500 jobs, with some moving from the London based office. This may see a rise in populous over the next few years in Bristol. It’s thought that the scheme, named 3 Glass Wharf, will create a multitude of jobs for the local area, serving as a means to end unemployment in the area.

The move is planned for summer 2019, with plans for more offices throughout the country expected to be announced in the coming months. Offices for Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool will all be agreed upon this year, with new offices already being signed for an HMRC hub in Croydon.

It’s thought that, overall, 13 hubs and offices around the country will decrease the amount of government spending by condensing work volume and spreading it throughout the country. The whole programme for this new development of offices and hubs is thought to conclude in 2025. It’s also an aim from HMRC is up to their service game. Recent surveys have shown that the government body is lacking in its ability to deal with large-scale cases and that a larger workforce would benefit the agency a lot more.

With over 50 000 jobs within HMRC and an expected 40 000 jobs to be generated by the scheme, it’s thought that service times and pension delays will speed up dramatically throughout the country, especially in areas with large HMRC hubs and offices.

A spokesperson for HMRC has stated that this development will encourage better workplace environments for teams in offices around the country, which, in turn, will encourage a better work life and speed of HMRC services.