Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a type of benefit that can be paid to people between the ages of 16 and the state pension age who have a physical or learning disability, a long-term illness or a mental health condition. PIP can provide additional support to cover costs associated with daily living or moving out of the home.
PIPs are paid between £23.70 and £152.15 per week by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help cover additional costs as a result of your condition, and most people are paid directly into their account every four weeks .
The amount of PIP paid depends on how your position affects you, and is not based on the position itself. This means that each claim is considered individually, so there is no set list of conditions that guarantee that you will be able to claim the PIP.
Many PIP claimants do not realize that changes in circumstances will often need to be reported to the DWP. Otherwise, claimants may face dire consequences ranging from delayed payments to taking to court daily Record Report.
Recipients of the PIP or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will receive annual award letters in March, confirming their payout rates for the coming year. For those claiming these benefits, this is an excellent opportunity to check that the DWP has the correct information about them.
Didn’t check your letter this year? It’s not too late to double-check your details before the end of the financial year, as you can still get the DWP to update them. If you have claimed these benefits for a few years, it is especially important to read these letters and correct any outdated information.
The GOV.UK website advises that you should contact the PIP inquiry line if you need to update any of the following information.
– Personal details – this includes your name, address, doctor’s surgery and other basic information
– Your situation has changed, or the help you need is different from what was stated on your original claim
– your condition has improved or worsened
– you are not expected to survive more than six months
– You have been taken to a hospital or care home
– You will be abroad for more than four weeks
– You have been imprisoned or detained
Changes in circumstances may be informed to the DWP over phone.
While you may think that your change of circumstances is not enough to report, the GOV.UK website has a stern warning: “If you provide false information or do not report you may be taken to court or You may have to pay a fine. Change in your circumstances.”
So, if you have recently shifted or switched doctors, make sure you don’t stop calling the DWP and updating your details.
The DWP will sometimes ask PIP claimants to pay the money received if they:
– Not notified of changes in circumstances in a timely manner
– Provided false information, intentionally or not
– was overpaid by mistake
If you are wondering how to report a change of circumstances to the DWP, the easiest way is likely by phone. Before calling, make sure you have your National Insurance number, bank account details and GP’s name and address, as you will be asked a number of security questions.
DWP’s phone lines are busiest on Mondays and weekdays between 4-5 p.m., so if you can call outside of these times, you could spend less time on hold.
You can call the PIP inquiry line Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., although hours may be affected by occasions such as bank holidays and Christmas.
DWP’s PIP Inquiry Line details are:
Telephone: 0800 121 4433 (Option 5)
Textphone: 0800 121 4493
Riley UK (If you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 4433
you can also see GOV.UK website For more information about PIP.
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