What's going on with Personal Independence Payments?
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We've seen some potentially huge changes to who receives Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in the last few days. If you're not sure what PIP is or you're confused about what this new direction from the Government means for you then have a look at our PIP FAQs below.
What is PIP?
- PIP has two different components, the daily living component and the mobility component. The changes affect the mobility component of PIP.
- When you apply for PIP, the DWP assesses you and you are given points.
- If you get fewer than 8 points for the mobility component you will not get the mobility component.
- If you get between 8 and 11 points you get the standard rate of £22 per week.
- If you get 12 points or more you will get the enhanced rate of £58 per week
What’s happening with PIP?
In March 2017 the government changed the rules on PIP and made it harder for people with mental illnesses to get the mobility component of PIP. This is because they said that in most cases they would not pay the mobility component of PIP if you found it hard to make journeys because of ‘overwhelming psychological distress’. In December 2017, the high court ruled that these changes were unfair and have said the rules need to be changed back. For more in depth information on these changes, have a look at our FAQs here.
The situation is changing quickly with PIP. This information is based on what the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have told us and could change.
What are the DWP going to do?
The DWP are updating the guidance they give to their assessors. This will tell the assessors how to consider mental health conditions when they are assessing people for the mobility component of PIP. The DWP say the new guidance will be ready in summer 2018 but the timescales on this could change.
What will happen if I claimed PIP on or after 28 November 2016?
If you get the enhanced mobility component of PIP, you are already getting the highest component and nothing will change.
If you get the standard mobility component or no mobility component at all the DWP will review your claim. You will not need to go to a face to face assessment but they may contact you by phone or post if they need to ask you questions about your claim.
If the DWP think that you should have gotten more PIP they will pay you a backdated payment. The DWP should start making the first lot of backdated payments in summer 2018.
No one will get their PIP award reduced because of this.
What will happen if I claimed PIP before 28 November 2016?
The government will not review your claim. But if you did not get the mobility component or only got the standard rate you could think about making a new claim. If you do this, you should be aware your PIP award could go down as well as up, so take advice before you make a new claim.
What happens if I start a new PIP claim?
The DWP haven’t finished writing the guidance on the new rules yet. This means they will assess you under the old rules if you make a claim before they have written the new guidance. It will be harder for you to get the mobility component of PIP because of a mental illness.
But once they have written the guidance they will re-assess you and will pay you a backdated payment if they think you should have gotten a higher rate of PIP. This could take a long time.
I am already appealing my PIP claim, what will happen?
When you appeal a PIP claim a tribunal decides whether or not the DWP made the right decision. Tribunals are already applying the new rules. So if you are waiting for a tribunal, they will look at whether or not you find it hard to make journey because of ‘overwhelming psychological distress.’
If you need any further information you can check out our fact sheet or get in touch with our advice and information service.