What Is PIP And How Do I Get It?

Health Money | by | 9th Nov 2015

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PIP means Personal Independence Payment and has been replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) since April 2013. It is a benefit for people aged 16-64 with a long-term health condition, disability or terminal illness.

You could get anywhere between £21.80 and £139.75 a week, as of October 2015, when claiming PIP.

Nobody aged between 16 and 64 years-old can make a new claim for DLA; they must apply for PIP. Children and young people that are under-16 are not eligible to claim PIP but they can still claim DLA.

You will need to have an assessment to find out how much, if anything, you will be able to claim. Details of what this assessment is available on the GOV.UK website.

To make a claim you have to call the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). They can be reached on:

Telephone: 0800 917 2222

Textphone: 0800 917 7777

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

And these numbers shouldn’t cost you anything to ring.

You will then be sent a form and you can find a community support group or organisation that may be able to help you with your PIP or DLA application on GOV.UK.

Something to take a note of though is that while we’ve been out and about talking to people and groups, we’ve heard that the wait from applying for PIP to receiving payments can be anywhere between 7 and 13 weeks.

Finally, if you’re not successful in your application and feel that it is the wrong decision you can appeal. There are three stages to this and the details can be found on the GOV.UK website. AdviceNow has a useful template that you can use to start your appeal and Turn2Us has more tips and advice.

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