Are PIP benefit rates going up in 2023 and how much can I get? | The SunJuly 25, 2023
MILLIONS who struggle with health conditions or a disability might be eligible for free cash.
Personal Independence Payments, otherwise known as PIP, are worth up to as much as £172.75 a week.
If you don't claim already it's well worth checking to see if you're eligible – and it doesn't matter if you're out of work.
PIP can boost your income by thousands of pounds a year if you're eligible.
Earlier this year the total amount that people can claim increased by around £20 a week.
This was part of the planned rise which affected several major benefits including Universal Credit and Housing Benefit.
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Below we explain how much PIP payments went up by and who is eligible.
How much did PIP payments rise in 2023?
Rates for PIP rose from April 10 this year.
PIP helps with the extra cost of living for those with illnesses or disabilities.
There are two elements to PIP: a daily living part if you need help with everyday tasks, and a mobility part if you need help with getting around.
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There are two rates for each part – standard or enhanced – depending on the level of your needs.
Here were the previous weekly rates:
- Standard daily living component: £61.85
- Enhanced daily living component: £92.40
- Standard mobility component: £24.45
- Enhanced mobility component: £64.50
These are the current rates for PIP:
- Standard daily living component: £68.10
- Enhanced daily living component: £101.75
- Standard mobility component: £71.00
- Enhanced mobility component: £26.90
When claiming PIP you'll be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get.
Your rate should be regularly reviewed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
If you receive PIP you will have been receiving the new higher amount since your first payment after April 10.
Payments are usually made every four weeks directly into your bank account, and they're tax-free.
As well as your Personal Independence Payment, you should get access to extra help and benefits on top too, like a reduction on your council tax.
Who can get PIP?
PIP is available to those aged 16 or over but have not yet reached the state pension age.
The current state pension age is 66 but this is set to rise to 68.
You must have lived in England or Wales for at least two out of the last three years, and be in one of these countries when you apply.
The process is different in Northern Ireland, and there are additional rules if you live abroad or if you’re not a British citizen.
In Scotland you will need to apply for Adult Disability Payment (ADP) instead.
Crucially, you must also have a health condition or disability where you either have had difficulties with daily living or getting around – or both- for three months, and you expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months (unless you're terminally ill with less than 12 months to live).
Difficulties with daily living can include:
- Preparing or eating food
- Washing, bathing and using the toilet
- Dressing and undressing
- Reading and communicating
- Managing your medicines or treatments
- Making decisions about money
- Engaging with other people
You can claim PIP at the same time as other benefits, except the armed forces independence payment.
If you receive constant attendance allowance you will receive less of the daily living part of PIP.
If you get war pensioners' mobility supplement you will not get the mobility part of PIP.
How do I apply for PIP?
You can make a new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim by calling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0800 917 2222.
This is the government department tasked with paying out benefits to millions every year.
There are also other ways to claim if you find it difficult to use a telephone. See Gov.UK for more information.
When you claim, you'll need:
- Your contact details
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number
- Bank or building society account number and sort code
- Your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
- Dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital
Someone else can call on your behalf, but you’ll need to be with them when they call.
You'll then be sent a form to fill in, after which you'll be invited for an assessment or your health or social care worker will be asked for information.
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After this, you'll be sent a letter telling you if your claim has been successful.
You can read Citizens Advice’s help on preparing for an assessment.
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