People with hidden health conditions, such as anxiety, could be missing out on an additional £628 a month in Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The support comes as the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) submitted a list of non-visible disabilities to the Government, shedding light on the difficulty each can cause for a person daily – all of which have been recorded on PIP claims.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit distributed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to those who have an illness or condition that makes it difficult for them to carry out daily tasks.
People can apply for PIP even if they’re working, have savings, or are already receiving other benefits, however, the amount the person receives depends on the type of condition they have and how much the DWP thinks it impacts their ability to do things.
An array of conditions can qualify a person for PIP, but thousands of eligible people aren’t claiming it simply because they’re unaware they’re able to, particularly those with non-visible conditions, such as some psychiatric disorders.
In fact, according to the most recent Government statistics, those with a psychiatric disorder make up the largest proportion of claimants (37 percent).
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Psychiatric conditions can include anxiety, stress, depressive and mood disorders, OCD and cognitive disorders.
Speaking on hidden health conditions, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) provided Government guidance stating: “Disabilities occur in many different forms.
“Some people will experience a disability that is outwardly visible to others, whilst others will experience a disability that has no, or little, outward visible signs. Many people will experience a combination of these.
“There is a wide range of disabilities that are not necessarily ‘visible’ to other people. As you look around there may be equally as many, if not more, disabled people you cannot see. For example, they may have autism, a disabling mental health condition, or be living with significant chronic pain.
“They have a non-visible disability. Having a non-visible disability can be just as life-affecting for a person as a visible one.”
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What are the PIP rates 2022/23?
As mentioned, payment rates vary by disabling condition and how much it impacts the claimant’s day-to-day life.
There are two components to PIP; a daily living part for those who need help with everyday tasks, and a mobility part for those who need help moving around. Each comes with two rates; a standard rate and an enhanced rate.
Daily living tasks
- Standard rate – £61.85 a week (2022/2023). Equivalent to £247.40 a month or £3,216.20 a year
- Enhanced rate – £92.40 a week (2022/2023). Equivalent to £369.60 a month or £4,804.80 a year
- Standard rate – £24.45 a week (2022/2023). Equivalent to £97.80 a month or £1,271.40 a year
- Enhanced rate – £64.50 a week (2022/2023). Equivalent to £258 a month or £3,354 a year