PIP, or Personal Independence Payments, support thousands of people living with long-term health conditions or disabilities. The sum is currently overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), responsible for ensuring everyone gets the amount to which they are entitled. To be eligible for PIP, a person must be aged 16 or over and usually have not reached state pension age.
Their physical or mental health conditions or disability must have caused them difficulty in getting around or daily living for at least three months.
And a person must expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months to apply.
However, what is important to note, is that a change in circumstances could easily impact a person’s claim.
With restrictions lifting, many people could be tempted to book a foreign holiday in countries permissible on the green list.
“We will need to know the date the claimant is leaving the country, how long they are planning to be out of the country, which country they are going to and why they are going abroad.”
There are consequences to bear in mind if someone does not report a change in their circumstances.
The DWP states Britons could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if not keeping them up to date with changes.
This is also the case for those who provide the Government with incorrect information as it relates to their claim.
Thankfully, though, the process of updating the DWP is designed to be an easy one.
The PIP enquiry line is accessible through phone, Relay UK or the video relay service.
The telephone number is 0800 121 4433, with full contact details available through the Government’s website.
If someone cannot use any of these services, someone else will be able to call on their behalf.
However, the claimant does need to be present with the individual when the phone call is made.
PIP is currently made up of two parts, and whether someone gets one or both is based on their circumstances.
The daily living element of PIP is currently worth either £60.00 or £89.60 per week.
Whereas the mobility part has a weekly rate of either £23.70 or £62.55.
PIP is a tax-free payment, and the amount a person receives is not impacted by their income or savings.