Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a payment which a person may be able to claim in order to help with some of the extra costs if they have a long term ill-health or disability. The amount a person can get depends on how their condition affects the individual, rather than the condition itself.
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The Gov.uk website states that a person could get between £23.20 and £148.85 a week if they’re aged 16 or over and have not reached state pension age.
In order to work out the level of help a person can get, they’ll need to be assessed by a health professional.
“Your rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure you’re getting the right support,” the government website says.
A person can get PIP whether they’re working or not. What are the rules when it comes to eligibility?
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A person must be aged 16 or older, and usually have not reached state pension age in order to claim.
They must also have a health condition or disability where:
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A person will usually need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years, and be in one of these countries when they apply.
If a person has recently returned from living in an EEA country, they might be able to get PIP sooner.
There are different rules if a person is terminally ill.
It’s not possible to get PIP and Armed Forces Independence Payment at the same time.
The process is different in Northern Ireland, Gov.uk points out.
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A person who has reached state pension age can get PIP if:
They were already getting PIP before reaching state pension age and the condition hasn’t changedThey have been claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and have had a letter inviting them to apply for PIP.
A person may get PIP if they previously got it and they were still entitled to it within the last year.
Gov.uk states that if a person of state pension age cannot get PIP, they can apply for Attendance Allowance instead.
How much is PIP?
PIP is made up of two parts, and whether a person gets one or both of these, and how much they get, depends on how severely the condition affects the individual.
PIP: Daily living part
The weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is either £58.70 or £87.65.
PIP: Mobility part
The weekly rate for the mobility part of PIP is either £23.20 or £61.20.
The rates are set to rise in April by 1.7 percent, in line with inflation.