PIP: How to make a successful claim and receive over £600 a month

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PIP is designed to help people with the extra costs of daily living or moving around as a result of a long-term illness, mental health condition or physical or learning disability. However many people are put off claiming this essential benefit because they do not know if they are eligible or have heard negative stories about the application process.

As the cost of living crisis continues, it may be beneficial now more than ever for people to ensure they are claiming all the benefits they are entitled to.

There are over 2.9 million people across the UK claiming support through PIP, with just over one in three claimants (35 percent) receiving the highest level of award, according to the latest figures released by the DWP on January 31, 2022.

The figures also showed that new claims are currently taking 22 weeks to complete, from registration to a decision being made and award letter being received so Britons are encouraged to start as soon as possible.

PIP is a disability benefit paid by the DWP to anyone under state pension age who has trouble carrying out certain tasks.

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Tasks include things like washing, dressing and making decisions about money.

PIP is made up of two components, a daily living component and a mobility component.

The standard and lower payment rate of PIP are awarded depending on the severity of the claimant’s condition. 

Weekly payments for the daily living component are £92.40 for enhanced and £61.85 for standard. 

In comparison, the mobility component’s rates are £64.50 for enhanced, and £24.45 for standard. 

If someone were to claim the enhanced rate of both components, they would receive £156.90 a week.


During the telephone assessment Britons may be asked to describe how they complete simple tasks such as preparing and cooking food, getting washed and dressed and how they move around outside the home.

People should not rush to respond as they are looking at one’s claim form and asking the same questions they have already answered.

When answering questions, people should always try to explain how doing something would make them feel afterwards and any impact it had.

The DWP has published updated guidance on attending an assessment, which people can find on their GOV.UK website.


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