DWP warning: Thousands of people with disabilities and health conditions missing out

Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim

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Britons are being urged to check they are receiving all the financial help they are entitled to as thousands are thought to be missing out on Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Many more are losing out on other state benefits like Employment Support Allowance (ESA), according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Millions of people rely on financial support to help with the additional living costs that a disability or long-term health condition causes, but the DWP is concerned that thousands of people may be missing out because they haven’t informed them.

Cash strapped Britons could be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment Support Allowance and Carer’s Allowance in addition to any other state benefits that are already being claimed.

Exactly how much someone will receive depends on how someone’s disability affects their daily life and ability to work.

The DWP also takes into consideration how long an individual will need help for and whether their condition is likely to change.

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Chloe Smith, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work said people shouldn’t suffer in silence.

She said: “Living with a long-term illness or disability can have a profound effect on daily life, both for those with a diagnosis and those who care for them, so it’s vitally important you are receiving all the help you are entitled to.

“Millions of people already receive this support and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible for extra financial help to check online.”

More than £15billion is lost in unclaimed benefits every year because people don’t check what financial help they are entitled to.

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How much is PIP?

People between 16 and state pension age can claim up to £152.15 a week in Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to help towards everyday living costs and the cost of getting around. 

It’s split into two parts; the daily living rate and the mobility rate. People can get up to £89.60 a week for the daily living rate and up to £62.55 a week for the mobility rate.

Claiming PIP could also open the door to housing benefit and the Motability scheme.

Meanwhile, Britons could also qualify for up to £89.60 a week Attendance Allowance if they are state pension age or over to help cover the additional costs of care needs, such as employing home help.

Again, it could also mean people are eligible for other benefits like pension credit, housing benefit or council tax reduction.

It’s worth checking whether someone could be eligible for up to £114.10 a week in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if Alzheimer’s affects one’s ability to work.

It’s available to those who’ve paid, or been credited, with sufficient National Insurance contributions. If eligible, it works out at £74.70 a week basic allowance plus an additional £39.40 a week support component.

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In addition, children could receive up to £152.15 a week in Child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if they’re under 16.

The payments are split into two parts. Children can get up to £89.60 a week for the care component and up to £62.55 for the mobility component.

Unpaid carers may be able to get £67.60 a week Carer’s Allowance if they look after someone with a disability for at least 35 hours a week.

The person being cared for must be receiving a relevant qualifying benefit for the carer to be eligible. 

Britons can check their entitlement via the benefit calculator on the Government website.

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