Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a Government benefit, which is paid as a form of financial support to people with long-term health problems or disabilities. PIP is comprised of two elements – the daily living part and the mobility part. PIP claimants may be eligible for both or only one of these elements.
Turn2Us explains on their website: “Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is money for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability.”
To claim PIP, the applicant must have experienced difficulties with daily living or getting around for at least three months.
Applicants must also expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months to make a claim for PIP.
People who are terminally ill may also be eligible to claim PIP.
Citizens Advice state on their website: “Contact the office in charge of your benefits, tell them you’re getting PIP and ask them what other help this entitles you to.
“You may need to send them a copy of your PIP award letter. They can also tell you how much extra you’ll get.
“It’s always a good idea to check you’re claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to.”
PIP claimants may also be eligible for a reduction on their council tax bills, and to get the discount claimants should contact their local council.
People who claim PIP may also be entitled to travel support, including a Disabled Person’s Railcard or the Blue Badge scheme.
More details on claiming extra support while receiving PIP payments can be found on the Citizens Advice website HERE.
Depending on personal circumstances, someone who cares for another person who claims PIP may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Allowance is paid to people who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for another person, and applications for Carer’s Allowance can be made online or by post.