PERSONAL independent claimants can apply for their benefits online for the first time.
The government has launched a six-month trial to allow some people to receive their claims digitally – we explain how it works.
Who is eligible for PIP?
Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is to help people with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities.
You can get paid even if you’re working, have savings, or are receiving most other benefits.
The PIP has two parts: a daily routine to help with everyday tasks and a mobility section if you need help getting around.
Whether you qualify for one or both sections – and how much you’ll get – depends on how hard it was for you to find those items.
You can get the daily part of PIP if you need help with tasks like eating, drinking, dressing, and communicating.
Claimants can get a second part if they find it difficult to map out a route and follow it, moving around or leaving their home.
You can find the full eligibility requirements above gov.uk website.
You can get PIP at the same time as all other benefits, except Armed Forces Independence Payment.
If you receive the Constant Attendance Allowance, you will receive less of the daily living portion of the PIP.
If you get the Pensioner Mobility Supplement you will not get the mobile portion of the PIP.
You can get a PIP if you are working or have savings.
How much will I receive?
That works out to around £608 per month.
You’ll get just as much if you qualify for both parts of the PIP for a higher weekly fee.
The daily living portion of the PIP is worth £60 or £89.60 per week, depending on how tough you are on these tasks.
The payments for the move will be £23.70 or £62.55.
PIP is tax free and unaffected by your savings.
How can I apply for PIP?
New PIP applicants may be able to submit their claim online for the first time.
The DWP launched a six-month beta of a new digital service on January 26.
But it’s not available to everyone right now, and only a handful of claimants per day will be given the online option.
If you do not have the opportunity to apply online, you can make a new request by calling the DWP on 0800 917 2222.
There are also other ways to claim if you find it difficult to use your phone. See Gov.uk for more information.
When making a claim, you’ll need contact details, date of birth, National Insurance number, bank account number or builder, and classification code.
You will also need to provide your doctor’s name, address and phone number, and date and address for any time you spend abroad, in a care home or hospital.
Others can call for you, but you need to be with them when they call.
You will then be sent a form to fill out, after which you will be invited for an assessment or your health or social care worker will be asked for information.
You will then receive a letter letting you know if your request was successful.
You can read Citizen Advice help prepare for an assessment.
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