What is the PIP As­sess­ment?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Per­sonal In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment is a new ben­e­fit paid to peo­ple who live with longterm dis­abil­i­ties or long-term health con­di­tions which af­fect daily life.

It’s de­signed to al­low those seek­ing help to talk about how their con­di­tion af­fects them, rather than a di­ag­no­sis or med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

It’s not de­signed to help peo­ple whose dis­abil­ity or health con­di­tion only af­fects them in the short term.

PIP is also claimed by peo­ple who are ter­mi­nally ill, for whom dif­fer­ent con­di­tions ap­ply.

It’s re­plac­ing the Dis­abil­ity Liv­ing Al­lowance (DLA) for peo­ple be­tween 16 and 64.

As­sess­ments are car­ried out by a health pro­fes­sional who will write a re­port and send it to the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions. At the ap­point­ment, the per­son is asked ques­tions on top­ics such as the kind of things they have dif­fi­culty with, or can’t do at all – for ex­am­ple, walk­ing up steps with­out help or re­mem­ber­ing to go to ap­point­ments, how the con­di­tion af­fects them from day to day and what a ‘bad day’ is like.

PIP has a daily liv­ing and a mo­bil­ity com­po­nent. There are two rates for each of th­ese com­po­nents – the stan­dard rate and the en­hanced rate for peo­ple who are more se­verely af­fected by their con­di­tion, with the abil­ity to re­ceive both or just one of the two.

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