People with one of 70 health conditions could be eligible for PIP

Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim

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The cost of living crisis is showing no signs of disappearing in 2023 meaning there has never been a more important time to check whether people are receving all the financial help they are entitled to from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Nearly three milion people rely on PIP (Personal Independence Payment) because of a disability or health condition, yet thousands are still missing out.

One of the reasons why people could be missing out on DWP benefits may be that they are unaware their health condition makes them eligible for help.

Some 70 health condtions generally qualify for PIP which is paid to people who haven’t yet reached state pension age.

Eligible health conditions include psychiatric disorders, musculoskeletal disease and respiratory disease.

How much someone receives in PIP depends on how the health condition affects them, but it can be worth up to £627.90 a month.

How much is PIP in 2023?

The daily living component of the payment has a lower weekly rate of £61.85 and a higher rate stands at £92.40.

PIP’s mobility component is £24.45 for the lower weekly rate and £64.50 for the higher rate.

This means that someone in receipt of the higher rate of both components would be eligible for £627.60 a month.

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Macmillan Cancer Support recently shared five things people can do which may make a claim for Attendance Allowance or PIP successful.

It said the benefits system in the UK can be confusing but it has volunteers on hand to help people with their applications. 

The charity recommends people check out an online benefit calculator like the one on the Macmillan website to see if they may be eligible to make a claim.

PIP and Attendance Allowance aren’t means-tested so it doesn’t matter how much someone earns or has in savings.

PIP also acts as a gateway benefit to 10 additional freebies from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) worth thousands of pounds. These include:

  • Free prescriptions (depending on illness)
  • Free or reduced council tax bills
  • Capped water bills
  • Reduced price bus or rail fares
  • Motability scheme
  • Cost of living payments
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Blue badge in England and Wales
  • Vehicle tax discount of up to 100 percent
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000).

The full list of conditions that qualify for PIP are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Cataplexy
  • Generalised seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Generalised seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Partial seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Partial seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Seizures – unclassified
  • Non epileptic disturbance of consciousness
  • Disturbances of consciousness – Non-epileptic – Other / type not known
  • Drop attacks
  • Non epileptic Attack disorder (pseudoseizures)
  • Stokes Adams attacks (cardiovascular syncope)
  • Syncope – Other / type not known
  • Benign tumours
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Tumours – benign – Other / type not known
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Cerebrovascular disease – Other / type not known
  • Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness – cause not specified
  • Headache – Other causes of / cause not known
  • Migraine
  • Movement disorders
  • Blepharospasm
  • Essential tremor – benign
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Movement disorders – Other / type not known
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Parkinson’s syndrome / Parkinsonism
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Writer’s cramp
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Paraplegia (traumatic)
  • Spinal cord compression – Other causes of / cause not known
  • Syringomyelia / Syringobulbia
  • Tetraplegia (traumatic)
  • Degenerative neuronal diseases
  • Degenerative neuronal diseases – Other / type not known
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Head injury
  • Head injury – Cognitive and sensorimotor impairment
  • Head injury – Cognitive impairment
  • Head injury – Sensorimotor impairment
  • Disease of muscle
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dystrophia myotonica
  • Muscle – Other diseases of / type not known
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Polymyositis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy
  • Muscular dystrophy – Becker type
  • Muscular dystrophy – Duchenne
  • Muscular dystrophy – limb girdle
  • Muscular dystrophy – Other / type not known
  • Infections
  • Creutzfeldt – Jacob disease (CJD)
  • Infections – Other
  • Poliomyelitis and post polio syndrome
  • Prion diseases – Other / type not known
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral palsy – Ataxic
  • Cerebral palsy – Athetoid
  • Cerebral palsy – Diplegic
  • Cerebral palsy – Hemiplegic
  • Cerebral palsy – Other / type not known
  • Cerebral palsy – Quadriplegic
  • Ataxia
  • Ataxia – Friedrich’s
  • Ataxias – Other / type not known
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Brachial plexus
  • Peripheral nerve injury – Other / type not known.

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