Personal Independence Payment is an important measure taken by the UK government to support the disabled and senior citizens. It is not a replacement for employment benefit; instead, it aims to support the well-being and the right condition of living. The PIP is not available for the children who are suffering from any disability and the eligibility depends on the implications of the disability.
Initially, the PIP was introduced aiming at a 20% reduction in the costs of the government. With the rise in mental illness and learning disability, the costs have seen to splurge by 1 billion Pounds. This is a growing concern for the UK government
Claiming the PIP
The first step while claiming the PIP is to contact them through the personal independent payment number. It is generally followed by an assessment of the condition. If the condition has any chance of improvement, then re-assessments are necessary to keep a check on the condition.
The claimant has to be above 16 years of age, as the PIP is unavailable for claimants under that age. The assessment is generally made on the ability of the claimant to perform daily activities the level of mobility.
Problems faced with the assessment tests
Two hospitals are conducting the assessment tests namely:
- Altos Hospital
- Capita Business Service Ltd.
Both the hospitals have been under the scanner when 37% of the cases became an unsatisfied assessment. Citations regarding lapses in the assessment of degradation of the standards of assessing the claimants came into the picture.
An interesting fact states that claimants have a success rate of 15% in the first go. On the other hand, upon challenging the case in the second go, 75% of the cases got through.
Certain guidelines have been laid out to claim the PIP as per the rules of the Britain government:
- Citizens of Great Britain and above the age of 16 years.
- Facing issues related to daily activities for at least 3 months.
- Chances that the difficulties will continue for the next 9 months; exception of a terminal illness.
If you are deciding to claim the daily living component of the PIP, it is important that you are dependant on someone for more than half of the following activities:
- Keeping yourself clean and hygienic.
- Communication and reading the basic materials and texts
- Feeding yourself and cooking the meals
- Taking care of your medicines and treatments
- Interacting with the society through social communications.
- Making monetary decisions.
- Wearing and removing the clothes during all the occasions.
For the children who are suffering from a disability, they are under the ambit of DLA. The senior citizens who are still receiving the DLA will continue to receive the same unless being told to shift to PIP. The components of the payment include the mobility and the daily living component. Know more about PIP by reaching them out by calling through PIP contact number and make your assessment simpler!