PIP is designed to help with some of the extra costs associated with long term ill-health or disability, with between £23.60 and £151.40 per week being awarded to eligible claimants. However, claimants with severe conditions may be eligible for extra payments worth thousands.
Initial claims for PIP can be made by telephone or textphone and claimants will need to have the following information ready:
- Their contact details, for example telephone number
- Their date of birth
- Their National Insurance number
- Their bank or building society account number and sort code
- Their doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
- Dates and addresses for any time they’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital
To be eligible initially, claimants must have a health condition or disability where they have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for at least three months.
Additionally, they must also expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months.
Claimants will also usually need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years, and be in one of these countries when they apply.
There are different eligibility rules for those who are terminally ill or who have reached state pension age.
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