The rules for claiming PIP have been clarified as the Department for Work and Pensions prepares an overhaul for ‘the most difficult of times.’
PIP RULES ARE SET TO BE COMPLETELY REVISED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AS FAST-TRACKED SUPPORT IS EXTENDED. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently acknowledged that terminal applicants will be able to obtain assistance sooner than they can now.
The DWP said last week that fast-tracked access to benefits would be expanded, so PIP claiming procedures for terminally ill claimants will be modified in the coming months. The present “Special Rules for Terminal Illness,” which expedite benefit applications for persons with a six-month terminal diagnosis, will be replaced with a new 12-month end-of-life criteria.
These adjustments will ensure that persons in their final year of life receive assistance as quickly as feasible and at the highest possible rate, thanks to new special rules.
The Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, praised the changes.
“Being diagnosed with a terminal disease is devastating, and this move will increase much-needed assistance for those towards the end of their lives,” Mr Tomlinson said.
“The new 12-month strategy will guarantee that people receive the financial assistance they require as soon as possible during the most trying of times.
“We carefully examined the appropriate approach, and I am grateful to everyone who assisted us in achieving this result.”
According to the DWP, these changes would also affect other benefit claimants: “Under the amended regulations, clinicians will still have discretion and will be supported by a realistic and unambiguous definition, which accords with current NHS practice.”
“Ministers intend to roll out the 12-month end-of-life approach across five DWP benefits, starting with Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance next year and then moving on to Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, and Personal Independence Payment when parliamentary time permits.
“It follows a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) evaluation that heard from people towards the end of their life, their families and friends, organizations that support them, and physicians involved in their care.”
Terminal PIP claims can be submitted by persons between the ages of 16 and state pension age who have been told they may have fewer than six months to live by their doctor.
To begin a claim, terminal claimants must contact the DWP, and applicants must consult a doctor or other healthcare practitioner for form DS1500.
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