PIP claimants may be entitled to nearly £15,000 as a result of a recent DWP rule change.


PIP claimants may be entitled to nearly £15,000 as a result of a recent DWP rule change.


Those affected by the rule change should receive a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions inviting them to reassess their situation.

The review will go back to decisions made on or before April 6, 2016, and any entitlement will be backdated to that date as well.

PIP (Personal Independence Payment) is a means-tested benefit that evaluates the severity of a person’s disability or illness.

Except for those under the age of 16 or born before April 8, 1948, PIP replaced the Disability Living Allowance benefit for the vast majority of claimants.

It offers financial assistance to cover the additional costs associated with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities.

This benefit does not take one’s income, savings, or other benefits into account when determining eligibility.

Rather, the outcome of the application is based solely on how one’s condition or disability affects one’s daily life.

PIP is made up of two components:

Both parts of PIP can be claimed, and the mobility part does not require a physical disability.

The DWP considers an applicant’s ability to perform a variety of tasks safely and in a reasonable amount of time, as well as how their condition affects their ability, during the assessment.

Another factor taken into account was how applicants interact with others in person.

The Department of Work and Pensions is currently attempting to locate claimants who have been impacted by a change in PIP law concerning the definition of social support that was implemented in April 2016.

This is now classified as “social support” if someone was noted as needing “prompting” for social situations in the form of reminders, encouragement, or explanation from a trained or experienced individual.

This change in the law affects how the DWP decides claims for those who:

Anyone receiving the daily living component rate of £60 per week could be moved to the enhanced rate of £89.60 and be owed around £8,060.60 in back payments as a result of the change.

Those who do not receive the daily living component of PIP or who have had their claim denied may be eligible for backdated standard rate payments worth £14,963.

“The change also clarifies that social support is a continuing need,” the Department for Work and Pensions said.

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