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PIP is a benefit designed to help adults facing extra costs due to an illness, disability or long-term health condition. The Personal Independence Payments were first introduced in 2013 and more than 1.7 million people around the UK now receive the benefit payment, which is available for any long-term health condition whether physical, sensory, mental, cognitive, intellectual or any combination of these.
Those eligible for PIP must be aged between 16 and State Pension age and must also struggle with daily tasks or mobility because of their physical or mental health condition.
In addition, claimants must have suffered issues for at least three months and expect it to continue for another nine months and typically live in England, Scotland or Wales when they apply.
PIP payments range from £23.70 to £151.40 a week depending on the extent to which your life is impacted by your health condition.
The payment is made in two forms: the daily living component and the mobility component.
Each component is paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.
From April 2021 the weekly rates are as follows:
- Daily living component standard rate: £60.00
- Daily living component enhanced rate: £89.60
- Mobility component standard rate: £23.70
- Mobility component enhanced rate: £62.55.
However, PIP will be amended in the coming years for people in Scotland, with new changes due to begin from this summer.
A new pilot scheme will be introduced to three council areas over the warmer period.
This pilot scheme will Child Disability Payment replace Disability Living Allowance Child (DLA Child).
A new benefit designed to provide additional support to children and young people with disabilities as a result of having a long-term health condition will also be introduced by the Scottish Government.
Social Security Scotland recently confirmed that families of disabled children living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles will be able to apply for the new benefit from summer 2021, as part of a pilot scheme ahead of a full roll-out across the country from autumn 2021.
The scheme will be followed by the introduction of the Adult Disability Payment (ADP).
ADP will replace PIP and will be piloted from Spring 2022 before becoming available across all of Scotland in the summer.
All current PIP claimants in Scotland will be transferred to the new benefit, with this transfer due to continue until 2025.
Anyone transferring from PIP or Working Age Disability Living Allowance who reports a change in condition, circumstances, has an upcoming review date, or is about to reach the end of their DWP award period, will transfer to Social Security Scotland so that they do not have to undergo a DWP-administered face-to-face assessment.
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Adult Disability Payment will work in a similar manner to PIP.
To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Be aged between 16 to State Pension age
- Have difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both)
- Have had physical or mental difficulty for at least three months and expect it to continue for at least nine months.
The claims and assessment process will be significantly different for the Adult Disability Payment.
Social Security Scotland will make decisions about entitlement for ADP using the applicant’s account of their circumstances and existing supporting information, where possible.
The number of face-to-face assessments will be significantly reduced and will only be necessary when it is the only practicable way to make a decision.
Most consultations will instead be conducted over the phone.
However, face-to-face consultations can be undertaken in a GP surgery or even at home if that is best suited to the applicant.
Claimants will no longer be asked to carry out tasks to demonstrate how their disability, long-term illness or mental health condition affects them as part of the application process.
Supporting information may be required for your application and may include a social care needs assessment, a report from a community psychiatric nurse and information from a carer.
The payment rates for Adult Disability Payment will be the same as for PIP.
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