Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim
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Britons with arthritis and other joint pain conditions could receive up to £156 each week. Those with a long-term physical or mental health condition may qualify for the benefit which helps with the costs of daily activities and getting around.
There are three million people on PIP in the UK with just over one in three cases (35 percent) receiving the highest level of award.
Claimants can get from £24.45 a week to £156.90 a week.
In England, some 787,082 people claim PIP due to musculoskeletal conditions which are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system.
This can include muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs and blood vessels.
While arthritis is a general term that refers to many of these different conditions, some common musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, gout, polymyalgia rheumatica, lupus and ankylosing spondylitis.
The DWP listed the the conditions that qualify.
Musculoskeletal disease (general) includes the following:
- Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis of Hip, Osteoarthritis of Knee, Osteoarthritis of other single joint, Primary generalised Osteoarthritis
- Chronic pain syndromes – Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia, Other / type not known
- Inflammatory arthritis – Ankylosing spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Other / type not known, Juvenile chronic arthritis (Still’s disease), Rheumatoid arthritis
- Crystal deposition disorders – Gout, Pseudogout, Other / type not known
- Osteonecrosis and osteochondritis
- Metabolic and endocrine disorders – Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, Rickets, Other metabolic and endocrine disorders of musculoskeletal system
- Genetic disorders, dysplasias and malformations -Achondroplasia, Epiphyseal dysplasia – multiple, Other / type not known, Hereditary multiple exostosis (diaphyseal aclasis), Hypermobility syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Benign tumours of bone
- Fracture complications – Compartment syndrome (Volkmann’s ischaemia), Other / type not known, Sudek’s atrophy
- Other generalised musculoskeletal disease
Musculoskeletal disease (regional) includes the following:
- Shoulder disorders – Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), Rotator cuff disorder, Other / type not known, Shoulder instability
- Elbow disorders – Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), Other / type not known
- Wrist and hand disorders – Carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytrens contracture, Tendon lesions, Tenosynovitis, Other / type not known
- Neck disorders – Cervical disc lesion, Cervical spondylosis, Other / type not known, Whiplash injury
- Non specific back pain
- Specific back pain – Kyphosis, Lumbar disc lesion, Lumbar spondylosis (OA spine), Schuermann’s disease, Scoliosis, Spinal stenosis, Spondylolisthesis
- Hip disorders- Dislocation of the hip – congenital, Other / type not known, Perthes disease, Slipped upper femoral epiphysis
- Knee disorders – Bursitis, Chondromalacia patellae, Other / type not known, Ligamentous instability of knee, Meniscal lesions, Osgood schlatters disease, Osteochondritis dissecans, Patellar dislocation – Recurrent
- Ankle and foot disorders – Club foot (talipes), Fore foot pain (Metatarsalgia), Hallux valgus / rigidus, Other / type not known
- Amputations – Lower limb(s), Upper limb(s), Upper & Lower limb/s
- Injuries/fracture/Dislocation – Abdomen, Lower limb, Multiple, Pelvis, Spine, Thorax, Upper Limb
- Other regional musculoskeletal disease
There are two different amounts people can get for PIP.
There is a high and low rate for each one.
Daily living component
Standard rate – £61.85 a week (2022/2023).
This is equivalent to £247.40 a month or £3,216.20 a year.
Enhanced rate – £92.40 a week (2022/2023).
This is equivalent to £369.60 a month or £4,804.80 a year.
Standard rate – £24.45 a week (2022/2023).
This is equivalent to £97.80 a month or £1,271.40 a year.
Enhanced rate – £64.50 a week (2022/2023).
This is equivalent to £258 a month or £3,354 a year.
As the cost of living crisis continues, any extra help with bills could be vital for families on low incomes.
People might get the daily living part of PIP if they need help with eating, drinking or preparing food, washing, bathing and using the toilet, dressing and undressing or reading and communicating.
They might get the mobility part of PIP if they need help with working out a route and following it, physically moving around, or leaving their home.
Around six million people on disability benefits will start to get a Government grant soon.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that those eligible for the payment will start getting it from September 20, and most claimants will get it by the beginning of October.
The £150 one-off payment was announced by former Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his cost of living package in May.
Britons may get the lump sum payment if they get one of the following benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance for adults
- Disability Living Allowance for children
- Personal Independence Payment
- Adult Disability Payment
- Child Disability Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pension Mobility Supplement.
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