PIP Update as New Online Application Essay Available – But Only for Select Applicants | Personal finance | Finance
The new system will allow Britons to claim the PIP online and “a limited number” of English claimants will be able to test it out. To apply for PIP, Britons must first call the new complaints hotline, answer a few questions and they will then receive a form in the post which must be completed and returned.
A streamlined process has been called for by many claimants over the years, and the new trial could mark the start of a simpler system for applying for benefits.
The DWP said: “The Health Transformation Program is committed to introducing an online service to claim the PIP and to test the service securely, a limited number of new claimants in England will be able to claim through the new online channel.
The only PIP application trial was launched in January and will last until around July.
PEP applicants will use a new application form and questionnaire offered online via the new IT platform.
This trial will not affect the current policy, eligibility, assessments or decision-making process currently in place.
Participation in this trial is completely voluntary.
The DWP shared that between October 2021 and January 2022, it received 170,000 new disability benefit claim registrations.
At the end of January this year, 2.9 million people across the UK claimed a PIP, with just 35% receiving the highest tier.
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There are two aspects of the PIP offering varying rates which will depend on the level of difficulty an applicant has with the different tasks.
The Daily Living portion is for those who need help with daily household and personal tasks such as eating, making financial decisions, or socializing.
At the lower weekly rate, the daily life aspect pays £60, with the highest rate paying £89.60.
The mobility portion of the PIP is for those who need help getting around outside or inside their home or leaving their home.
The new rates for the daily living component will be £61.85 for the lower rate and £92.40 for the higher rate.
The mobility component will increase to £24.45 on the lowest fare and £64.50 on the highest fare.
Applicants must be aged 16 or over but below statutory retirement age and usually resident in England, Scotland or Wales at the time of application.
Additionally, applicants must have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for two of the last three years, unless they have recently returned from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or of Liechtenstein.