PIP is formally known as Personal Independence Payments, and is intended to help people who have health conditions or a disability. The payments are overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), however, they will vary from person to person. This is because payments are based on the severity of a person’s condition and how it affects their lives, rather than the condition itself.
While PIP claimants can usually expect to be paid on the same day every four weeks, there will be some level of disruption this Christmas.
This is because there are a number of bank holidays occurring this festive season which will change all-important payment dates.
This year, Britons who expect to receive their payment on December 24 or 25 will observe a change in their payment date.
PIP claims will instead be received slightly earlier, on December 23, to avoid the Christmas Day holiday.
People expecting a payment on the first day of 2021, will instead receive their sum on December 31 – New Year’s Eve.
For those who live in Scotland, there is an additional bank holiday to reckon with on January 4, 2021.
These individuals can expect to receive a PIP payment on December 31 to account for this.
People will also wish to understand how much they might be able to receive from PIP, particularly if they are a new claimant.
PIP is split into two separate tiers, and what Britons can expect to receive is dependent on how severely their condition affects them.
The first element is a daily living payment, with a weekly rate of either £59.70 or £89.15 at present.
The mobility part is set at either £23.60 or £62.25 per week for those who need help with getting out and about.
One benefit of PIP is that it is a tax-free payment, meaning Britons will not have to worry about their sum being reduced through taxation.
Additionally, the payment can be received by individuals whether they are in work, or not.
To receive PIP, a person must be 16 or over, and, in most circumstances, have not reached state pension age.
Their health condition or disability must have caused them difficulty with daily living or getting around for at least three months.
People must also expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months to become a recipient of PIP.
PIP is set to increase next year, due to benefit rises for the 2021/22 year.
The standard sum of the daily living component will be set at £60.00, and the enhanced at £89.60.
For the mobility component, rates will also increase, with the standard rate rising to £23.70 and the enhanced to £62.55.