PIP, or Personal Independence Payments, is overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), responsible for ensuring Britons receive the amount to which they are entitled. Under PIP, individuals who have a long-term health condition or disability will be able to receive a regular payment to assist with their day-to-day needs. In many instances, those living with a condition will have additional costs to confront, and thus PIP can prove to be an important lifeline.
PIP will be available to people dependent on how severely their condition affects them, rather than the condition itself.
The sum is tax-free and available to individuals whether they are in work or not.
The payment has proved useful to people with a wide range of conditions, and thus may be available to those who are living with joint pain.
Joint pain is unfortunately a common issue among people in the UK, and many people are left with serious and significant pain which can be somewhat limiting.
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The important issue to understand when thinking about PIP eligibility, however, is the severity of the condition.
PIP is currently made up of two parts, and whether a person receives one or both is dependent on how their condition affects them.
The daily living element of PIP is set at a weekly rate of either £59.70 or £89.15 for eligible people.
On the other hand, the mobility part of PIP has a weekly rate of either £23.60 or £62.25.
As a result, a person who is claiming both daily living and mobility elements of PIP at the highest rate could get in the region of £151 per week in support.
PIP is usually paid every four weeks, and people will receive the sum directly into their bank, building society or credit union account.
To be eligible for a PIP payment, a person must have a health condition or disability where they have faced difficulties with daily living or getting around for three months.
They must also expect these challenges to continue for at least nine months in order to receive a payout.
People usually will need to have been resident in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years and be in one of these countries when making their application.
The daily living component of PIP can help those who need assistance more than half the time with tasks such as:
- Preparing or eating food
- Dressing and undressing
- Washing, bathing and using the toilet
- Managing treatments and medicine
- Reading and communicating
- Engaging with others
Whereas, the mobility part of PIP will be available to those who require help with going out or moving around the home.
Britons can expect to be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help the DWP work out the level of support which is needed.
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