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PIP eligibility: Who can claim PIP? Are you eligible for Personal Independence Payments?

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PIP or Personal Independence Payments are paid to claimants who qualify, in order to support any extra costs living with a long term illness or disability. The amount a person could get depends on how their condition impacts them, not the condition itself. 

You could get between £23.60 and £151.40 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age.

In order to get PIP, a claimant will be assessed by a health professional in order to work out the level of help a person can get.

Your rate will then have a regular assessment in order to make sure you are getting the correct level of support.

But who can claim PIP? Express.co.uk explains all you need to know below.

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Who can claim PIP?

You can get PIP whether you’re working or not, as long as you have a long-standing health condition or disability.

You must be aged 16 or older and usually have not reached State Pension age to claim.

You must also have a health condition or disability where you:

  • have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months
  • expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months

You usually need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years.

A claimant will also usually have to be in one of these countries when applying.

If you have recently returned from living in an EEA country, you might be able to get PIP sooner.

If you’ve reached State Pension age you can get PIP if you:

  • were already getting PIP before you reached State Pension age and your condition has not changed
  • have been claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and you’ve had a letter inviting you to apply for PIP

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You may get PIP if you had been receiving it and you were still entitled to it within the last year.

If you cannot get PIP, you may be able to apply for Attendance Allowance instead.

How to claim PIP

You can make a new PIP claim by calling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Video assessments are currently being trialled, due to the restrictions coronavirus has placed on visiting ill patients.

Before you call, you will need to have the below to hand:

  • your contact details, for example telephone number
  • your date of birth
  • your National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
  • your bank or building society account number and sort code
  • your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
  • dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital

DWP – PIP claims – you can call one of the below numbers from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

  • Telephone: 0800 917 2222
  • Textphone: 0800 917 7777
  • Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 917 2222
  • Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users – check you can use the service
  • Calling from abroad: +44 191 218 7766

For more information, visit the Gov.uk website here.

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