Anyone suffering with respiratory conditions such as asthma could be for financial support with new data eligible showing an increase in the number of people now receiving financial support
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People with asthma are being urged to check if they’re owed money from the government.
Anyone suffering with respiratory conditions, which affect everyday life, could be eligible for £128 each week from the Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP ).
New data from the DWP has shown an increase in the number of people now receiving support for 24 types of respiratory conditions including asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep apnoea, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia, Manchester Evening News reported.
At the end of January this year, there were nearly 2.9million people across the UK claiming support through Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – with just one in three claimants (35%) receiving the highest level of award.
PIP is paid every four weeks so that amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.
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UK breakdown of PIP claimants with respiratory conditions
- Scotland: 16,549
- England: 103,210
- Wales: 8,561
Below is the list of 24 respiratory conditions being supported through PIP to help with either daily living, mobility needs or a combination of both components.
Assessment award rates vary by disabling condition and a PIP claimant’s main disabling condition is recorded during their assessment in over 99% of cases, reports the DWP.
Diseases of the upper respiratory tract
- Sleep apnoea – obstructive
- Upper respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type not known
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- chronic bronchitis
- Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
- Fibrosing socket
- Pulmonary fibrosis – Other / type not known
- Pneumoconiosis – coalworkers
- 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
If you are over 16 and under State Pension age, you may be able to claim PIP to help with a respiratory condition, and if your ability to work is limited due to your symptoms you could be eligible for ‘new style’ Employment and Support Allowance (THAT).
What is PIP?
PIP is a benefit which is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
If you need extra help because of an illness, disability or mental health condition you could be eligible for PIP.
You will be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get and your rate will be reviewed to make sure you are getting the right support.
Who is eligible for PIP?
To be eligible for PIP, you must have a health condition or disability where you:
You usually need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be in the country when you apply.
In addition to what we have outlined above if you get or need help with any of the following because of your condition, you should consider applying for PIP – or Adult Disability Payment, depending on where you live.
- preparing, cooking or eating food
- managing your medication
- washing, bathing or using the toilet
- dressing and undressing
- engaging and communicating with other people
- reading and understanding written information
- making decisions about money
- planning a journey or following a route
- moving around outside the house
There are different rules if you are terminally ill, you will find these on the GOV.UK website here.
The DWP will assess how difficult you find daily living and mobility tasks. For each task they will look at:
- whether you can do it safely
- how long it takes you
- how often your condition affects this activity
- whether you need help to do it, from a person or using extra equipment
How is PIP paid?
PIP is usually paid every four weeks unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly.
PIP will be paid directly into your bank, building society or credit union account.
Adult Disability Payment will be paid at the same rates as PIP.
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What are the PIP payment rates?
You will need an assessment to work out the level of financial help you will receive and your rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure you are getting the right support.
Payment rates increased by 3.1% on April 11.
PIP is made up of two components:
Whether you get one or both of these and how much depends on how severely your condition affects you.
You will be paid the following amounts per week depending on your circumstances:
Standard rate: £61.85
Enhanced rate: £92.40
Standard rate: £24.45
Enhanced rate: £64.50
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How are you assessed?
You will be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help the DWP determine the level of financial support, if any, you need.
Face-to-face consultations for health-related benefits are offered alongside video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments – it’s important to be aware that there is no choice here, it’s up to the health professional and DWP.
How do you make a claim for PIP?
You can make a new claim by contacting the DWP, you will find all the information you need to apply on the GOV.UK website here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.