"Personal independence Payment" - PIP is a new benefit for people who have long term physical disabilities or mental illness. It replaces disability living allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 or over and under 65. Like DLA, you do not need to have paid national insurance contributions to get it and it is not taxable.
You could get between £22.80 and £139.75 per week.
The rate depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.
You will need an assessment to work out the level of help that you can get. Your rate will be regularly re-assessed to make sure you are getting the right support.
Is PIP restricted to physical needs only?
No! - PIP may be paid to people with mental health issues such as people who have a chronic addiction problem to drugs and or alcohol. People experiencing from mental health conditions such as depression, stress, anxieties, personality disorders and other mental health issues may well qualify for financial support. If you need help to assist your Independent Living you should consider making an application for additional money to meet your essential costs.
How to apply to the DWP for your PIP Claim?
You can apply for PIP directly through the DWP here: https://www.gov.uk/pip/how-to-claim
Helping you to Help yourself
It is not what you physically can do – It is what “Your Head” will not allow you to do” … Get Help to Help yourself! Statistics show that evidence from Health Professionals and clearly written PIP application forms will increase your chance of receiving help from the DWP / PIP Scheme. You may wish to ask for assistance from a close friend or relative to ensure that all the issues which you face are included in the PIP application form. A local advice centre or charitable organisation may also be able to help you write your application.