People who miss DWP payments which could be worth up to £627 every four weeks

Millions of people receive support from the Department for Work and Pensions, but there are still thousands of people who do not claim the exact amount of benefits because they do not know what they are fully entitled to.

On 31 January 2022, 2.9million people across the UK were applying for help through Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), with just over one in three applicants (35%) receiving the highest level reward, the latest figures from the Department of Labor and Pensions Show (DWP).

People claiming psychiatric disorders, which include autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders and learning disabilities, are also on the rise, Live reports from Lancashire. In January, the number of UK-wide claimants for these types of conditions rose by 33,160 to 1,045,503. Musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis, joint pain and hip, increased from 23,465 to 932,577 over the four-month period.

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Between October 2021 and January 2022, the DWP also confirmedThere was:

  • 170,000 registrations for new claims
  • 23,000 reported changes in circumstances
  • 19,000 registrations for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessments
  • 130,000 registrations expected for the evaluation of the awards
  • 75,000 manual review records

For people with a long-term illness, mental health issue, or physical or learning disability, the PIP is designed to help, however, many people are reluctant to claim this essential benefit, assuming mistakenly that they are not eligible.

Now the Adult Disability Payment is set to replace the PIP in Scotland, which will follow the same eligibility criteria but take a more people-centred approach. The first deployment begins on March 21.

Assessment assignment rates vary by disabling condition, and a PIP applicant’s primary disabling condition is recorded at their assessment in more than 99% of cases, reports the DWP.

Total number of categories:

  • Disability category – 21 (including unknown or missing)
  • Persons with disabilities sub-group – 178
  • Disability – 547

Of claims that have been assessed under normal rules, 81% of new claims and 88% of DLA reassessment claims are recorded as having one of the five most common disabling conditions.

These are:

  • Psychiatric disorders – 1,045,503 claimants
  • Musculoskeletal disease (general) – 587,148 claimants
  • Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – 345,429 claimants
  • Neurological disease – 376,249 claimants
  • Respiratory disease – 128,316 claimants

Disabling conditions and UK claimant numbers – January 2022

These are the main categories of disability, the umbrella term under which a total of 547 other conditions fall.

This list is just an overview of the conditions, disorders, and illnesses and how the DWP lists the major disabilities for which a claim is made.

  • Blood disease – 6,522
  • Infectious disease – 6,649
  • Malignant disease – 86,119
  • Metabolic disease – 4,330
  • Psychiatric Disorders – 1,045,503
  • Neurological disease – 376,249
  • Visual disease – 53,684
  • Hearing disorders – 30,801
  • Cardiovascular disease – 72,911
  • Gastrointestinal disease – 24,343
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts – 10,001
  • Skin disease – 19,049
  • Musculoskeletal disease (general) – 587,148
  • Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – 345,429
  • Autoimmune disease (connective tissue disorders) – 16,230
  • Genitourinary disease – 21,073
  • Endocrine disease – 39,692
  • Respiratory disease – 128,316
  • Multisystem and age extremes – 1,024
  • Immune System Diseases – 907

What is PIP?

The PIP is a benefit which is gradually replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

If you need extra help because of an illness, disability, or mental health issue, you may be eligible for PEP.

You will be assessed by a medical professional to determine the level of help you can get and your rate will be reviewed to ensure you are getting the right support.

Who is eligible for the PIP?

Anyone with a health condition or disability when you:

You usually need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the past three years and be in the country when you apply.

In addition to what we’ve described above, if you get or need help with any of the following because of your condition, you should consider applying for PIP – or Adult Disabled Payment , depending on where you live.

  • prepare, cook or eat food
  • managing your medications
  • wash, bathe or go to the toilet
  • dressing and undressing
  • engage and communicate with other people
  • read and understand written information
  • make decisions about money
  • plan a trip or follow an itinerary
  • move outside the house

There are different rules if you are terminally ill, you can find them on the GOV.UK website here.

The DWP will assess how difficult you find the tasks of daily living and mobility. For each task, they will examine:

  • if you can do it safely
  • how long does it take you
  • how often your condition affects this activity
  • if you need help to do so, from a person or by using additional equipment

How is the PIP paid?

The PIP is usually paid every four weeks, unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly.

The PIP will be paid directly into your bank, building society or credit union account.

The disabled adult payment will be paid at the same rates as the PIP.

What are the PIP payout rates?

You will need an assessment to determine the level of financial assistance you will receive and your rate will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are getting the right support.

Payment rates increased by 3.1% on April 11.

The PIP is made up of two components:

Whether you get one or both and how much depends on the severity of your condition affecting you.

You will be paid the following amounts per week depending on your situation:

Daily life

  • Standard rate: £61.85

  • Premium rate: £92.40

Mobility

  • Standard rate: £24.45

  • Premium rate: £64.50

How you are rated

You will be assessed by an independent medical professional to help the DWP determine what level of financial support you need, if any.

Face-to-face consultations for health-related benefits are offered alongside video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments – it is important to be aware that there is no choice here, it is at healthcare professional and the DWP to decide.

Assessments for Adult Disability Payments will not involve in-person assessments unless preferred by the applicant.

How to apply for PIP?

You can make a new request by contacting the DWP, you will find all the information you need to make your request on the GOV.UK website here.

Before calling, you will need:

  • your contact details

  • your date of birth

  • your national insurance number – this is on letters regarding taxes, pensions and benefits

  • your bank or building society account number and sort code

  • the name, address and telephone number of your doctor or health care professional

  • dates and addresses of any stay abroad, in a retirement home or hospital

Once you have contacted the DWP, they will send you a document to fill out consisting of 14 questions. This includes space for any additional information you feel is relevant to your request.

You can add as much detail to help the assessor understand your physical or mental health needs as the questions focus on how your condition affects you.

Contact your local council and ask for help or Citizens Advice Scotland if you have difficulty completing your form or understanding the questions,

Even if you are not eligible for financial aid, you may be eligible for a National Travel Card, which offers free or reduced travel across Scotland on most public transport routes.

For more information on the PIP, visit GOV.UK here.

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