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Personal Independence Payment: PIP Rates 2018

The Personal Independence Payment benefit is replacing Disability Living Allowance. PIP is a regular payment for those with a long-term illness or disability.

NEW PIP BENEFIT: That means new claimants aged 16 to 64 should find out how and when to claim PIP. Click for PIP guidelines in Welsh.

The Personal Independence Payment helps towards the costs of ill-health if you qualify. This section explains the eligibility criteria and the current rates of Personal Independence Payments.

PIP rates 2018 vary between £22.00 and £141.10 per week. The PIP payment dates will be benefits paid every 4 weeks to those who qualify.

The way your condition affects you will determine the actual rate for the Personal Independence Payment.

PIP rates are not assessed by the condition itself. So, in most cases an assessment works out how much help you need. Regular reassessment of PIP rates ensures you get the best support.

Note: Carers may qualify for the Carer's Allowance where claimant caring requirements are considerable.

What is Happening to Disability Living Allowance?

PIP Rates 2018The Disability Living Allowance was a similar benefit for long-term ill-health. DLA is ending for those aged 16 to 64 or those who were born after the 8th of April 1948.

But, DLA benefit continues for those who are under 16 years old. It is also unchanged for anyone born before (or on) the 8th of April in 1948 with an existing claim.

DWP will write to inform you when it will end or ask you to apply for Personal Independence Payments instead.

You can use the government PIP checker to see if (and when) they will ask you to claim. Contact Citizens Advice or a local support organisation to get further help with Personal Independence Payments.

Eligibility for Personal Independence Payment

PIP applies to those who are in work as well as those who are not. To qualify and be eligible to get PIP payments, claimants must:

Note: In some cases, you may also qualify for PIP if you are living in, or coming from, Switzerland or another EEA country. But, different rules apply for claiming PIP in Northern Ireland.

PIP Daily Living Component Criteria

In most cases you must have had these daily living difficulties for at least 3 months. You should also expect them to continue for at least another 9 months (except for a terminally illness). DWP defines terminally ill as not expecting to live for more than six months.

The daily living component of PIP is for those who need help with:

PIP Mobility Criteria

The mobility component of PIP is for those who need help moving around the house or going outside.

Assessment for Personal Independence Payments

An independent healthcare professional assesses your claim. This helps DWP determine what level of aid and care you need. It is usually a face-to-face consultation. They will send you a letter explaining where you should go for the assessment, and why.

The PIP assessment results in a score based on the extent of help needed. A higher score means you need more help. DWP then make a decision about your results and the claim. They consider all aspects of your application and any supporting evidence you supply.

PIP Decision Timescale 2018 and Assessment

As a rule, the PIP decision timescale takes at least 3 weeks to process. It usually speeds up once your claim gets assessed by the decision maker. You can appeal the PIP decision if you disagree with it.

Note: The DWP reassess your rate on a regular basis to ensure you get the proper support. Inform DWP immediately if there is any change in the way your condition affects you. Those who are over 65 years old may meet the criteria for Attendance Allowance payments.

How Much is PIP Benefit Per Week?

As a rule, Personal Independence Payments transfer to your bank account every four weeks. The PIP payment is a non means tested benefit and tax free. In some cases you may be eligible to claim PIP whether you are working or not.

There are two separate components to Personal Independence Payments. An assessment works out which level of financial help you get. The way your condition affects you determines whether you get only one part or receive both parts of PIP.

PIP Rates 2018 Daily Living Component

  1. £55.65: Standard Weekly Rate
  2. £83.10: Enhanced Weekly Rate

PIP Rates 2018 Mobility Component

  1. £22.00: Standard Weekly Rate
  2. £58.00: Enhanced Weekly Rate

Note: Check to see if you or your carer can qualify for extra payments towards transport or housing costs. Extra financial help for disabled claimants can include getting the Carer's Allowance.

Claiming PIP for Terminal Illness

Special PIP rules apply for a terminal illness. You qualify for the enhanced daily living component if you are not expected to survive for more than 6 months. Your care needs also determine whether you get the PIP mobility component on top.

Call the DWP to make a PIP claim. You will need form DS1500 from a healthcare professional or your doctor. Send the completed form directly to DWP. That means there is no necessity to fill in the 'How your disability affects you' form or attend a face-to-face consultation.

How to Claim Personal Independence Payments

Contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to claim PIP. Another person can make the phone claim on your behalf but you must be present when they call.

Use this information to make a new claim for Personal Independence Payment by telephone or textphone. The PIP contact number is for those who live in England, Scotland, or Wales.

DWP PIP Claims: Contact Details
Telephone: 0800 917 2222
Textphone: 0800 917 7777
Outside the UK: +44 191 218 7766
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Claiming Personal Independence Payment by Post

You will need to write a letter to ask for a form to send your information by post. Note that using postal methods to claim PIP can delay DWP decision on a claim.

Personal Independence Payment New Claims
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1AH

PIP Change in Circumstances Mobility

Contact the dedicated PIP enquiry line if you:

Personal Independence Payment PIP Enquiry Line
Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Next Generation Text Relay Service
Dial: 18001 then 0800 121 4433
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Get information on phone call charges in the UK.

Important Information iconFailing to report changes which result in benefit overpayment may get you a £50 Civil Penalty fine. You may also need to pay back any overpaid benefits.

Appealing PIP Decision

You should follow 3 steps to appeal a decision about your Personal Independence Payment.

  1. Discuss your situation and the decision with the Department for Work and Pensions.
  2. As for 'mandatory reconsideration' (a formal request to have a benefit decision looked at again).
  3. You can then appeal the decision if you remain unsatisfied with a mandatory reconsideration.

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