Many people could be missing out on benefits they do not realise they are entitled to.
There’s been a huge fall in the number of those applying for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) since lockdown began in March.
This type of benefit is to help people who have disabilities or certain illnesses with their daily living.
It is not just given to those with obvious disabilities or long term health problems. You may need PIP if you have what is classed as a ‘hidden’ condition.
A hidden condition could include if the pandemic has had an impact on your mental health.
If you discover you are eligible, you could claim between £23.60 and £151.40 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age.
As it is paid out every four weeks, it means successful claimants could get between £94.40 and £605.60 each month.
So what is PIP and who is eligible?
- It is a benefit replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
- You will claim this money if you need daily living support because you are suffering from an illness, disability or mental health condition.
- The level of help you receive will be determined by an assessment by a health professional. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.
- It is not income assessed and you don’t need to have worked or paid National Insurance Contributions.
- You must have a condition or disability which causes difficulties with daily living or getting around – and you should expect these problems to last for at least nine months.
- If you need help with cooking, washing, bathing, planning a journey or reading and understanding information, you should consider applying.
You can find out more about how to apply by going here.