PIP: Britons could be due back payments up to £15,000 following court ruling – could you?

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More than 320,000 Britons are thought to have been underpaid PIP by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which is now checking for potential underpayments which could add up to the sum of £15,000.

In July 2019 the Supreme Court found that the DWP had not been awarding the correct points to some claimants with mental health conditions.

It’s thought that disability benefit claimants who require help to manage their mental health condition or those who need support in social situations are the people mainly affected.

In a response to a question from David Linden, SNP MP for Glasgow East, the Government said it is currently looking into underpayments dating back to 2016.

It could mean that people who had their claim turned down, or those who received less than they should have, could be owed £14,963.

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Britons with a disability or mental health condition could be eligible for PIP if it affects their everyday life.

For some people it might be worth making a fresh application – the change to the criteria has been applied to all new claims and PIP Reviews since September 17, 2020.

The disability benefit is made up of two parts – the weekly rate for the daily living part of PIP is either £60 or £89.60 and the weekly rate for the mobility part of PIP is either £23.70 or £62.55.

It adds up to £608 a month or £7,296 over the course of the year.

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Who qualifies for PIP?

  • Anyone with a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability
  • People who have difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around
  • Claimants must expect the difficulties to last for at least 12 months from when they started

Nearly half of Britons (45 percent) have never checked to see if they can get Government help, according to research conducted by national charity Turn2Us.

As living costs soar, those who are struggling to manage financially are being reminded that more than £15 billion goes unclaimed in benefits every year.

People can still get PIP even if they are receiving other benefits like Universal Credit.

Some conditions that are most likely to lead to claimants being eligible for backpay include agorophobia, dementia and schizophrenia.

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Meanwhile, estimates suggest the DWP’s bill could add up to the tune of £3.7 billion between 2017 to 2022.

This is taking into account all the backpay it owes and new claims which will now be considered.

It’s now looking into thousands of cases where it did not award enough points to people who then missed out on the mobility part of PIP or didn’t receive any payments at all.

It’s worth checking to see if a new claim can be made,as well as what other benefits people might be entitled to on Gov.uk.

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