How the DWP calculates compensation for PIP: Descriptor and point rules explained

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How the DWP calculates compensation for PIP: Descriptor and point rules explained

PIP PAYMENTS can be given to those who have specific medical issues that make it difficult for them to function on a day-to-day basis. These long-term illnesses and ailments, on the other hand, are thoroughly assessed using a point-based method.

PIP can help with some of the additional expenditures that come with long-term physical or mental health problems. The payment is divided into two sections: everyday living and mobility.

The severity of a claimant’s condition(s) will determine whether they qualify for one or both of these.

The weekly daily living allowance will be either £60 or £89.60.

Either £23.70 or £62.55 will be paid out as a mobility payment.

Following an initial claim, a thorough examination process will be followed to determine what a claimant receives.

A claimant must have a physical or mental ailment that limits their ability to perform specified duties in order to receive the daily living component of PIP.

This can involve things like cooking, administering medicines, and bathing.

Claimants must have conditions that impede their capacity to plan and follow travels and/or move about in order to qualify for mobility compensation.

Typically, these factors are assessed by an independent healthcare practitioner who follows the “descriptors.”

“Your ability to carry out each task is tested against a list of standard statements explaining what you can and can’t do,” Citizens Advice explained how the evaluation process works.

“These are referred to as descriptors. For each action, the health professional will tell the DWP which descriptor applies to you.

“For example, ‘Dressing and undressing’ has six descriptors, ranging from ‘Can dress and undress independently’ to ‘Cannot dress or undress at all.’

“Each descriptor is assigned a point value between zero and twelve.”

“When deciding whether descriptor applies to you, the assessor must examine whether you can perform the action consistently. This translates to:

The DWP will next use the results of this evaluation to determine how much assistance the applicant should receive.

If a claimant receives between eight and eleven points in total for daily living benefits, they will receive the regular rate.

The additional rate will be paid if at least 12 points are received.

The same point system applies to mobility payments.

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