PIP, formally known as Personal Independence Payments, are intended to provide support to certain eligible Britons. It will assist with some of the extra costs people have to navigate if they have a disability or have long term ill-health. The amount a person receives in PIP will vary dependent on how their condition affects them, rather than the condition itself.
In the same vein, the length of time someone will receive their payment for is also likely to change from person to person.
When a person receives PIP, this is known as an award, with the length of time they receive the sum an ‘award period’.
And there is important information to note for thousands of people who are set to come to the end of their payment.
Thousands of people in receipt of PIP will have had their payment length extended recently by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
It is expected the other 850,000 claimants will be notified of their new award end date in ‘early 2021’.
This, Mr Tomlison stated, is the “planned completion date” for all extension activity.
Mr Tomlinson was responding to a question from Apsana Begum, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, on PIP and what claimants should expect.
As such, PIP claimants approaching the end of their award period should keep their ear to the ground for updates.
Recently, the DWP publicly responded to a request, asking them about the award period for claimants.
It said: “In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken action to ensure awards due for review do not end prior to a review being carried out.
“This will mean that some people will have had their award extended.
“These people will receive an AR1 (review form) and undergo an award review at the point of their new review date.”
The ‘How your disability affects you’ form is an important component of claiming PIP from the DWP.
This form asks Britons to provide information on their day to day living, and how they are impacted by their condition.
It asks questions surrounding both daily living and mobility to determine how much a person should receive in PIP support.
People will receive different amounts, but these will be based on daily living and mobility.
The weekly rate for the daily living element of PIP is set at either £59.70 or £89.15.
Alternatively the mobility component has a weekly rate of either £23.60 or £62.25.