PIP stands for personal independent payment and is given to anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 who have long term illnesses or disability and need maintenance for daily activities.
PIP has replaced the previous scheme of disability living allowance. The department for work and pensions hands out the PIP.
The amount that they give out is dependent on your application and takes into account several factors including the likelihood of your condition changing, worsening or improving.
Therefore, there’s no way to determine exactly how much you’ll be given.
However, there are some PIP thresholds that are compulsory to be met. For example, you’ll gt a minimum requirement of £83.10 a week if you have a terminal illness.
So what are the current going rates for PIP?
PIP is made up for 2 parts. Daily living and mobility, both of which are available at a standard rate and an enhanced rate.
What is the daily living rate?
This money is to cover the help that’s needed for everyday tasks including making food, washing, dressing or communicating with anyone else.
What is the mobility rate?
This is the money used to cover getting around. Such a moving, journey planning and getting from A to be.
If you have a terminal illness, you will automatically get the daily living enhanced rate. Your mobility rate will depend on your application.
PIP money isn’t taxed, and others who depend on you or live with you will not be affected by the benefit cap.
How long does my PIP last for?
The money you receive, won’t be for a fixed period. What’s most likely to happen is that based on your application you’ll be allotted a period of time within which you receive PIP and then you’ll have to reapply once that runs out.
If you have a terminal illness, you will immediately be given an award of 3 years, after which you will have to re-apply.
You should get a notice from the department for work and pensions at least 14 weeks before your award is due to end.
The department for work and pensions can take a while to process claim, so ensure that you make a claim before your old PIP runs out.
For more information about PIP and claims, head to https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/
Or if you wish to seek legal advice regarding it, contact our legal team on 0116 2999 199