On April 6, a much-needed financial boost was announced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It marked the start of the 2022/23 financial year and promised a 3.1% increase in most benefits enjoyed by Britons.
Most notably, the increase included amounts paid to people claiming the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The PIP is designed to help people over the age of 16 and below retirement age – now 66 for both men and women – the PIP helps with the extra day-to-day costs of living with a long-term illness, physical or mental health problem or disability.
Successful applicants could get between £24.45 and £156.90 per week to help cover additional costs of daily living and outdoor mobility needs. If you have a PIP, you can also claim extra money on top of your existing benefits, council tax reductions, and travel discounts.
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The DWP guidelines state, “Eligibility for PIP provides a gateway or passport to other benefits, such as Caregiver Allowance, and programs sponsored by other departments, such as the Blue Badge Program.”
You’ll need your PIP award letter before you can apply for further assistance, often referred to as a “PIP award notice,” and is sent to you when the DWP has made a decision on your application, Daily Record reported. Here is a brief overview of payment rates, additional benefits, discounts and discounts that PIP applicants can also apply for. Full details are available on GOV.UK here.
PIP Payout Rate 2022/23
Each component has two payment rates – a standard rate and an enhanced rate. You will be paid the following amounts per week depending on your situation:
Standard rate: £61.85
Premium rate: £92.40
Standard rate: £24.45
Premium rate: £64.50
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If you qualify for PIP you will also receive a Christmas bonus which is £10 each year – this is paid automatically and does not affect any other benefits you may receive.
You can get a top-up, called a premium, on the following benefits if you receive the PIP:
How to register
Contact the office in charge of your benefits, tell them that you are on PIP and ask them what other help you are entitled to.
You may need to send them a copy of your PIP award letter – they should also be able to tell you how much more you will get.
Getting a disability premium will not reduce your PIP or any of your other benefits, so it’s always best to ask the DWP what extras you are entitled to and apply for them.
Reductions on council tax
If you receive the daily living or mobility component of the PIP, you can get money on your council tax bill.
It’s hard to say exactly how much rebate you’ll get, as it depends on factors such as the component and the PIP rate you get – your local council will be able to tell you.
How to register:
To get your council tax reduction, contact your local council and tell them you are on PIP. You usually need to complete a form cleared by your GP and you may need to send your local council a copy of your PIP award letter.
When you receive your PIP award letter, you can request several methods of travel assistance.
If you are applying for a PIP for a child
If your child benefits from the PIP, is between 16 and 20 years old and is still in school or training, your housing allowance may increase. You can also get money off your council tax bill. Your town hall will be able to tell you if you do. Find your town hall here.
How to register:
To check if you can get this help, contact the office responsible for your housing benefit and your local council and tell them that your child is on PIP. They will also be able to tell you the amount of the increase or discount.
Disabled Access Card (£20 for a year’s subscription)
This offers up to a third off most rail fares across the UK. Learn more here.
A Blue Badge holder traveling as a driver or passenger can park in disabled parking spaces for free and may be exempt from other parking restrictions.
Vehicle tax exemption
If you qualify for the standard PIP mobility tariff, you are also entitled to a 50% vehicle tax reduction – the vehicle must be registered in your name or that of your named driver. If you benefit from the reduced PIP mobility rate, you benefit from a 100% vehicle tax reduction. Find out more about the gov.uk website here.
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You can also use the mobility program if you have the enhanced PIP mobility rate. The Mobility Scheme enables people to become mobile by trading in their mobility allowance for the hire of a new car, wheelchair accessible vehicle, scooter or electric wheelchair – find out more here .
Check that you are claiming all the benefits to which you are entitled
It is always a good idea to check that you are claiming all the benefits to which you are entitled. These calculators are free, anonymous and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service.
Online benefit calculators
Turn2us – for information on PIP, income-related benefits, tax credits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, universal credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start working or change your working hours.
Policy in practice – for information on PIP, income related benefits, tax credits, contribution based benefits, council tax reduction, care allowance, universal credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start working or change your working hours.
right to – for information on PIP, income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, universal credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start working.
what you will need
You will need specific information about your:
Income, including that of your partner
Existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)
Expenses (such as rent, mortgage, childcare costs)
Housing tax bill
Who can’t use them
You cannot use the calculators if you are under 18, and they will not give accurate results if you:
For more information on the PIP, visit the GOV.UK website here.