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PIP: Britons must report change in circumstances or risk hefty penalty – details explained


PIP is a payment overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to assist individuals living with a health condition or disability. Britons on PIP can expect to receive anywhere between £23.60 and £151.40 per week in financial support, with the amount a person receives dependent on how their condition affects them, rather than the condition itself. While PIP provides important support, circumstances can change, and it will be important to keep the DWP updated. 

The DWP has outlined key circumstances in which a person must report a change as soon as possible.

Britons must contact the enquiry line if they have changed their personal details such as name, address or doctor.

With regards to health conditions, if the help someone needs changes, or their condition worsens, they will need to reach out.

This is also the case for those who find out, sadly, that they are terminally ill and not expected to live more than six months.

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The Government website adds: “You could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if you give wrong information or do not report a change in circumstances.”

To avoid this, then, Britons are being encouraged to be totally upfront with the DWP if there are changes in their personal life. 

The idea of changes in circumstances also applies to individuals who have been paid too much money in their PIP claim.

People may have to repay this money if they did not report a change straight away, if they gave the wrong information, or if they were overpaid by mistake. 

Overpayments can also come with their own set of consequences if a person fails to report these.

Individuals, the Government has said, may risk being prosecuted for benefit fraud if they do not tell providers about an overpayment. 

Britons will be able to report any changes by contacting the PIP enquiry line for further guidance.

A person can either do this through phone, Relay UK, or the video relay service.

If a person cannot use these, the DWP says someone else can call on their behalf to sort the matter out.

However, the claimant will need to be with this individual when they call under Government rules. 

Individuals can expect to receive a PIP payment once every four weeks from the DWP.

More information on a person’s claim will usually be provided to them through a letter providing details of the amount a person is set to receive.

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