Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a profit payment designed to help those with the extra expenses that arise from having a long-term disability or illness. It is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and awarded at either a better or lower rate, depending on the severity of the claimant’s condition. To assist with the associated fee of living, the previous Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the rollout of an additional £150 payment for those with a disability.
Attributable to PIP being the DWP’s foremost disability profit payment, claimants shall be eligible to assert this support.
Nonetheless to qualify for this extra support, recipients should be eligible for already existing PIP payments on May 25, 2022.
The DWP has confirmed the £150 shall be paid into peoples’ bank and constructing society accounts sometime this September.
It ought to be noted that claimants of other profit payments may qualify for this cost of living assistance.
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Who’s eligible for the additional £150 payment?
Outside of PIP, the next disability profit payments from the DWP qualify someone for the additional £150:
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
- Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- War Pension Mobility Complement
On top of this, those with a disability will have the opportunity to assert the Government’s £400 energy bill grant and the £650 cost of living payment, in the event that they are in receipt of means-tested advantages from the DWP.
With today’s announcement that the energy price cap will hit £3,459 from October and forecasts of double-digit inflation for the subsequent 12 months, advocacy groups are calling for more cost of living support to support those with a disability.
Nick Hartley, the CEO of Spinal Injuries Association, is amongst the various calling for “much bolder motion” to be taken.
Mr Hartley explained: “We’re asking for the Government to take much bolder motion to ease the financial situation for spinal cord injured people immediately and over the approaching months.
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“Without greater intervention many disabled people simply won’t have the opportunity to pay for the energy which they require throughout the winter.
“Until that motion is taken there is just limited help available to disabled people facing ever increasing fuel bills.”
Tom Marsland, the policy manager at disability equality charity Scope, added: “After months of harrowing predictions about energy bills, today’s announcement confirms disabled people’s fears.
“Life already costs more for disabled people. Now the associated fee of charging a wheelchair or using a respiratory machine could have almost trebled in a 12 months.
“We’ve been inundated with calls from disabled individuals who don’t know which technique to turn and feel like they’re being punished for using more energy.
“The Government must intervene now. They need to start by doubling the support package, and take a look at bringing in discounted tariffs for disabled customers who need more energy.”
A Government spokesperson said: “We recognise individuals are fighting rising prices which is why we’re protecting thousands and thousands of essentially the most vulnerable families with no less than £1,200 of direct payments, starting with the £326 cost of living payment, which has already been issued to greater than seven million low-income households.
“Through our £37billion support package we’re saving the standard worker over £330 a 12 months through a tax cut, allowing people on Universal Credit to maintain £1,000 more of what they earn, while all households will receive £400 energy payments.”