Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was subject to change recently after a Supreme Court ruling meant many thousands could be entitled to claim at a higher rate. PIP was first introduced in 2013 and 1.7 million people asked for their claim to be reconsidered with 37 percent receiving a higher payout as a result. But when exactly do you have to claim PIP instead of Disability Living Allowance?
What is PIP?
PIP is a benefit payment available to people who have additional care or mobility needs as a result of a long-term illness or disability.
This payment is designed to help adults facing extra costs because they have a long-term health condition.
PIP is available for any long-term health condition whether physical, sensory, mental, cognitive, intellectual or any combination of these.
PIP was first introduced in 2013 as an eventual replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
After you are asked by the DWP to claim PIP instead of DLA, you will have four weeks to input your claim.
If you start your PIP claim within four weeks, your DLA will continue being paid until your PIP claim has been decided.
However, if you do not make the PIP claim within this four-week timeframe, your DLA payments will stop.
The DWP will then ask you again to claim PIP and give you another four weeks to submit your claim.
If you start your PIP claim before the final deadline, your DLA will be paid again until your PIP claim has been decided.
However, if you fail to begin your PIP claim before the final deadline ends, your DLA claim will be closed.
READ MORE: How to claim PIP successfully
How much PIP could you receive?
PIP payments range from £23.60 to £151.40 a week depending on the extent to which your life is impacted by your health condition.
The payment consists in two forms: the daily living component and the mobility component.
Each component is paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.
From April 2020 the weekly rates are as follows:
- Daily living component standard rate: £59.70
- Daily living component enhanced rate: £89.15
- Mobility component standard rate: £23.60
- Mobility component enhanced rate: £62.25.