What health conditions could entitle you to £700 a month from the DWP? | UK News

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Stressed out about finances and struggling with health concerns? You may be eligible for PIP (Picture: Getty)

As the With the ongoing cost of living crisis, many are taking what would normally be considered extreme measures to fight for fairer pay in line with inflation.

From the ‘illegal’ strike by nurses to people taking extra jobs, it’s a tough time for able-bodied workers. For those who may have an illness or disability that is already affecting their chances of getting certain jobs, the outlook could be bleak.

However, people with certain health conditions or disabilities can apply for assistance through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme.

PIP is a Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) disability benefit and is granted to people with long-term mental or physical health problems or disabilities.

It is reported that around 3.2 million people applied for PIP in the UK as of January 2023.

Who can apply and what requirements must be met?

What health conditions might make you eligible for PIP?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no set list of conditions that make you eligible for PIP.

The benefit – and the amount you’re paid – depends on how each condition affects people’s daily lives on a personal basis, as not everyone will have the same symptoms or severity levels.

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From mental health issues to illness, the PIP can be a lifesaver when it comes to financial concerns (Picture: Getty)

However, if you have a known issue affecting your ability to work and are wondering if you should consider applying, the DWP data shows the types of conditions that made people eligible for the payments.

These include (with the number of people who have claimed these terms):

  • Hematological disease – 7,577
  • Infectious Disease – 10,970
  • Malignant disease – 100,968
  • Metabolic disease – 4,786
  • Psychiatric Disorders – 1,207,278
  • Neurological disease – 412,289
  • Vision disease – 57,231
  • Hearing disorders – 34,425
  • Cardiovascular diseases – 83,630
  • Gastrointestinal diseases – 29,050
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts -11,772
  • Skin disease – 21,390
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (General) – 650,393
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (regional) – 387,555
  • Autoimmune diseases (connective tissue diseases) – 18,032
  • Urogenital disease – 24,788
  • Endocrine disease – 43,313
  • Respiratory diseases – 136,839
  • Multisystem and extreme ages – 1,239
  • Immune system disorders – 1,083
  • Unknown or Missing – 10,553

Again, this is not a complete or official list. If you have a concern and think it’s affecting your daily life, you can still see if you’re eligible for assistance.

How to claim PIP

If you wish to verify your eligibility or make an application, you must call the PIP application hotline 0800 917 2222 between Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and request an application form.

After you have completed the form you should send it to the Department of Works and Pensions along with any supporting evidence or medical documentation supporting your entitlement.

This is not actually required immediately, but many disability organizations advise it as a wise move.

The Department of Work and Pensions

The DWP does not have a complete list of eligible diseases and conditions, so it’s best to apply with all supporting documents and doctor’s letters (Picture: Getty)

How much can you get through PIP?

PIP consists of two different components – a daily rate and a mobility rate.

People can be eligible for both or just one.

These components are also divided into two different tiers.

As of April 2023 these prices are:

component of everyday life

  • Standard price per week – £68.10
  • Extended weekly price – £101.75

mobility component

  • Standard weekly rate – £26.90
  • Increased weekly rate – £71.

The DWP also offers a range of other support payments if PIP may not be right for you – and these saw a slight increase in April in line with inflation.

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