According to the latest statistics from January 2023, more than 3.2 million people across the UK applied for benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions.
There are 1.2 million people claiming PIP for a “mental health disorder” and that accounts for 37 per cent of all claimants.
This is an umbrella term used by DWP as the main category of disability conditions recorded at the time of application, including subcategories and specific health conditions.
Hundreds of long-term health conditions are supported by PIP, but the list is not definitive and includes an “unknown” category.
DWP statistics on PIP suggest an increase in the number of people applying for a psychiatric disorder.
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Working-age people with a mental illness may not be aware that they may be entitled to financial support through PIP payments.
After the annual benefit increase in April, a successful claim for PIP is worth between £26.90 and £172.75 in additional financial support each week.
PIP – a quick guide
PIP is a benefit that is gradually replacing DLA. If you need extra help due to an illness, disability or mental health condition, you may be eligible for PIP.
You will be assessed by a healthcare professional to determine the level of help you can receive and your plan will be reviewed to ensure you are receiving the right support.
Who is eligible for PIP?
To be eligible for PIP you must have a health impairment or disability that requires you to:
- have had difficulty with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
- We expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months
Typically, you must have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be present in the country at the time of your application.
In addition to what we have set out above, you should consider applying for PIP if your medical condition leaves you needing or needing help with any of the following issues.
- Preparing, cooking or eating food
- Managing your medications
- Washing, bathing or going to the toilet
- Dressing and undressing
- to deal with other people and communicate with them
- read and understand written information
- Making decisions about money
- plan a trip or follow a route
Different regulations apply for terminally ill people, which you can find on this page GOV.UK website.
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How is PIP paid?
PIP is typically paid every four weeks unless you are terminally ill. In this case, the payment is made weekly. Payment is made directly to your bank, building society or credit union account.
PIP payment rates 2023/24
You will need an assessment to determine the amount of financial aid you will receive. Your plan will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are receiving the right support.
PIP consists of two components:
Whether you get one or both of them and how much depends on how badly your condition affects you.
The 2023/24 payment rates are:
Standard fare: £68.10
Increased price: £101.75
Standard fare: £26.90
Increased price: £71.00
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How do you apply for PIP?
You can make a new claim by contacting the DWP. All the information you need to apply can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Before you call you need:
- your contact details
- Your date of birth
- Your social security number – this appears on letters about taxes, pensions and benefits
- Your bank or building society account number and sort code
- The name, address and telephone number of your doctor or healthcare professional
- Data and addresses for all periods of time spent abroad, in a nursing home or hospital
How you will be judged
You will be assessed by an independent medical professional to help the DWP determine the level of financial support you may need for PIP.
In addition to video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments, face-to-face consultations on health-related benefits are also available – it is important to remember that there is no choice here, it is up to the doctor and the DWP.
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/23783320.dwp-pay-691-anyone-mental-health-issues/?ref=rss DWP will pay £691 to anyone with these mental health problems