The Department for Work and Pensions explains why state pensioners are not eligible for PIP payments.
PIP payments, which are awarded to persons who need assistance with the expenditures connected with long-term physical or mental health issues, are normally not available to state pensioners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently explained why state pensioners are not eligible for PIP’s mobility component.
PIP payments are often made to persons between the ages of 16 and state pension age. Payments will be separated into daily living and/or mobility sections for those who qualify.
Daily living payments, which range from £60 to £89.60 a week, are given to those who require assistance for more than half of the time with tasks such as cooking or communicating.
Mobility payments, which range from £23.70 to £62.55 a week, are paid to persons who require assistance going out or moving around.
The DWP’s PIP guidelines were recently debated in the Commons by Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham.
“To question the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions why people over the age of 65 are disqualified for the mobility component of the personal independence payment,” Ms Wilson added.
Justin Tomlinson, the Minister of State for the DWP, responded to this question yesterday.
“Government mobility support is focused on those who are disabled earlier in life; increasing mobility needs as you get older is a typical result of being older,” Mr Tomlinson explained.
“Until you reach state pension age, you can receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP).”
If you receive PIP after that, you will continue to receive it, including the mobility component.
“If your circumstances change and your health condition worsens after you reach state pension age, you cannot claim the mobility component if you did not previously get it.
“Those who claim attendance allowance do not receive a mobility component.”
A person must have a physical or mental health condition or handicap to be eligible for PIP at first.
Claimants must also have lived in England, Scotland, or Wales for at least two of the previous three years and be in one of these countries at the time of application.
PIP is available to state pensioners if they meet the following criteria, as outlined by Mr Tomlinson:
PIP may be available to retirees if they previously got it and were still eligible during the previous year.
If a retiree is unable to receive PIP, they may be eligible for attendance allowance instead.
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