Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is usually paid every 4 weeks. It’s tax free and you can get it whether you’re in or out of work.
It’s made up of 2 components (parts). Whether you get one or both of these depends on how your condition affects you.
Daily living component
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You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you’ll get. Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
You’ll get the enhanced daily living component if you’re not expected to live more than 6 months. The rate of mobility component depends on your needs.
How you’re paid
All benefits, pension and allowances are paid into an account, eg your bank account.
You might not have to pay some or all of your vehicle tax if you qualify for vehicle tax exemption or a 50% reduction.
You or your carer might also qualify for other financial help - eg Carer’s Allowance, or help with housing or transport costs.
Change of circumstances
You must contact the PIP helpline if your circumstances change, as this can affect how much you get. For example:
- the level of help you need or your condition changes
- you go into hospital or a care home for more than 4 weeks
- you go abroad for more than 13 weeks
- you’re imprisoned or held in detention
You must also contact the helpline if:
- you change your name, address or bank details
- you want to stop receiving your benefit
- your doctor’s details change
You could get a £50 civil penalty and have to repay overpaid benefits if you don’t report changes and are overpaid as a result.
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