April 2020 has seen changes in the benefit and pension rates. The standard allowance of Universal Credit, for example, has risen from £251.77 to £342.72 for those single under 25s. The personal allowance for Housing Benefits has also increased from £57.90 to £58.90 for people under 25. But what about PIP rates? Has the PIP rate increased too?
How is PIP paid?
PIP is normally paid every four weeks. Once you have applied, you will receive a decision letter to tell you the date of your first payment, as well as the day of the week you will usually be paid on.
If your payment date is on a bank holiday, you will usually be paid before the bank holiday.
PIP is paid just like any other benefit, pension or allowance.
It is paid into your bank, building society or credit union account on the same day every month.
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Who is eligible for PIP?
Both the employed and unemployed can get PIP.
To claim PIP, you must be aged 16 or over and usually have not reached State Pension age.
You must also have a health condition or disability where you:
• have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for six months
• expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months
You usually need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years, and be in one of these countries when you apply.
If you’ve recently returned from living in an EEA country, you might be able to get PIP sooner.
There are different rules if you’re terminally ill.
You cannot get PIP and Armed Forces Independence Payment at the same time.
It is worth noting that the process is different in Northern Ireland, and you can find the rules here.
Is PIP going up?
The PIP rate increased in April 2020 and is split into two parts: the daily living part, and the mobility part.
You’ll get the higher daily living part if you have a terminal illness and are not expected to live more than six months.
You may get the daily living part if you need help more than half of the time with things like:
• preparing or eating food
• washing, bathing and using the toilet
• dressing and undressing
• reading and communicating
• managing your medicines or treatments
• making decisions about money
• engaging with other people
The rate of the mobility part depends on your needs, and whether or not you need help going out or moving around.
Whether you get one or both of these and how much you can claim depends on how severely your health condition or disability affects you.
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How do I apply for PIP?
You can make a new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim by calling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Someone else can call on your behalf, but you’ll need to be with them when they call.
There are also other ways to claim if you find it difficult to use a telephone.
There is a different way to claim if you’re terminally ill, find out here.
Find out about the process in Northern Ireland here.
Before you ring, you will nee the following information:
• your contact details, for example telephone number
• your date of birth
• your National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
• your bank or building society account number and sort code
• your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
• dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital
You can also claim PIP via post.
You can get a form to send information by post (although this can delay the decision on your claim).
Write a letter to ask for the form, and address it to:
Personal Independence Payment New Claims
Post Handling Site B
What is the number to call to claim PIP?
You will need to ring the PIP claim line on:
- Telephone: 0800 917 2222
- Textphone: 0800 917 7777
- NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 917 2222
- Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users – check you can use the service
If you are calling from abroad ring +44 191 218 7766
The line is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm