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Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim

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PIP is a payment which provides important support to those living with a disability or health condition. However, following a change in the law, many people could be eligible to receive backdated benefit support. Two decisions made after landmark tribunals mean the Government is now reassessing how much people are paid via PIP.

The cases found the DWP has not awarded the correct amount of points to those who had mental health conditions, and who needed support in engaging face to face with others.

There may, as a result, be some instances where an award of PIP was miscalculated due to previous guidance.

Therefore, some individuals could be set for a back payment to provide them with the support to which they are entitled. 

Back in March 2020, the DWP paused a search for claimants who have been affected.

This was as a direct result of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis which is still being tackled.

However, the search for impacted individuals was recommenced in October 2020, and some may be yet to be found.

Citizens Advice has explained: “The DWP has written to some people who they think might benefit from the change.

“However, the DWP might not correctly identify everyone, so you should contact them yourself.”

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Individuals may wish to use the PIP enquiry line to inform the relevant people about their situation.

It is likely PIP claimants will need certain information to hand, including National Insurance number, address and contact details. 

Now, the site Benefits and Work has identified a list of conditions which the DWP say are most likely to receive a back payment.

These are:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Dementia
  • Depressive disorder
  • Drug misuse
  • Learning disability
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress reaction disorder

While the DWP has given guidance on this matter, this is not an exhaustive list, meaning some others could receive a back payment.

Indeed, just because a condition is listed does not mean a person will be automatically entitled to a back payment, either. 

Benefits and Work states: “At the moment, rather than the over 160,000 awards originally estimated, the DWP is on course to make around 7,000.”

PIP is currently made up of two parts – a daily living sum and a mobility element.

What a person ultimately receives is based on how severely their condition impacts them.

The weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is either £60.00 or £89.60, and for the mobility part it is either £23.70 or £62.55.

The payment is tax-free and is not affected by a person’s income or savings.

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