The Personal Independence Payment or PIP is provided by the DWP and they set both the amount you receive and how long you receive it for. There’s no standard period and it depends on the nature of your condition and how it affects you. The only set figure is for people with a terminal illness who will receive £85.60 a week for up to three years.
Current PIP rates
Currently, PIP is made up of two components called daily living and mobility. Either can be paid at the standard or the enhanced rates.
|Daily living – standard rate||£57.30|
|Daily living – enhanced rate||£85.60|
|Mobility – standard rate||£22.65|
|Mobility – enhanced rate||£59.75|
If you have a terminal illness, you will receive the enhance daily living rate. The mobility rate will depend on how much help you need with your mobility. The daily living rate is for those who need help with everyday tasks. This can include preparing food, getting dressed or communicating with other people. The mobility rate is to help you get around including moving, journey planning and following a route.
You don’t have to pay tax on any PIP payment and any dependents who live with you won’t be affected by the Benefit Cap.
How long you receive PIP
When you get the letter to tell you that you qualify for PIP, it will usually say it is for a fixed time. There are some ongoing cases and people with terminal illnesses are awarded it for three years.
The DWP will write around 14 weeks before the payment is due to stop to prompt you to make a new claim. It takes a while for a new claim to be processed so it worth making the new claim as soon as you receive the notification. In fact, you can reapply up to six months before the current claim is due to end.
The DWP are able to review your PIP payment at any time although they tend to wait until it is due to end. They will write to you with the review form which is similar to the original claim form but a little shorter. You should fill this in as soon as you receive it, or it could hold up future payments of PIP. You could also be entitled to more money if your condition has worsened.
When is PIP paid?
PIP is paid every four weeks unless you have a terminal illness in which case it is paid every week. If you want to know more about what type of accounts that payments can be paid into, visit the government website. It also tells you how to receive payments if you don’t have a bank account.