Martin Lewis shares his 'rule of thumb' for claiming benefits
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Claimants can get up to £156.90 a week to help with their daily living costs with the amount depending on how the condition affects them. The tax-free benefit is paid every four weeks and will be going up 10.1 percent next year along with many other benefits.
The benefit is made up of a daily living and a mobility element, with the current rates for the benefit at:
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.
To be eligible, a person must be aged 16 or over and under state pension age, and have been affected by their condition for at least three months, and expect it to last at least another nine months.
Britons with several respiratory illnesses can claim the support, such as cystic fibrosis, emphysema, and COPD.
There are 24 respiratory conditions that could entitle a person to the PIP benefit including:
Diseases of the upper respiratory tract
- Sleep apnoea – obstructive
- Upper respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type not known
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
- Fibrosing alveolitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis – Other / type not known
- Pneumoconiosis – coal workers
- Pneumoconiosis – Other / type not known
Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration
- Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration – Other / type not known
Disease of the pleura
- Pleura – Other diseases of / type not known
- Pleural effusion
Heart and lung transplantation
Lower respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type not known.
PIP is to increase by 10.1 percent next year in line with the September figure for inflation, along with many other benefits, including Universal Credit.
The uprated figures will be:
Daily living tasks
- Standard rate – £68.10 a week
- Enhanced rate – £101.75 a week
- Standard rate – £26.90 a week
- Enhanced rate – £71 a week.
People on PIP will also be receiving a one-off £10 Christmas bonus payment this week to help with the extra costs of the festive period.
The bonus is usually paid to people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week, which is normally the first week of December.
People are receiving the funds automatically in the same bank or building society account in which they usually receive their payments.
Receiving the funds will not affect someone’s existing claim to a payment or how much they get.
According to the DWP, the following benefit payments and pensions entitle someone to the £10 Christmas Bonus:
- Adult Disability Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Disability Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
- Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit is entered after the first 13 weeks of claim)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
- Industrial Death Benefit
- Mobility Supplement
- Pension Credit – the guarantee element
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
- Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
- Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
- War Disablement Pension at State Pension age
- War Widow’s Pension
- Widowed Mother’s Allowance
- Widowed Parent’s Allowance
- Widow’s Pension.
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