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PIP – Personal Independence Payment

PIP, better known as Personal Independence Payment, is government money given to those that suffer with long-term ill health or disability. You must be aged between 16 and 64 to qualify, anyone outside of this age group could be eligible for DLA, Disability Living Allowance.

To be eligible for DLA, the candidate must be under 16 or born before the 8th April 1948 and have an existing claim.

How is PIP different to DLA?

Do to Government reform on 8th April 2013, everyone aged between 16-64 receiving DLA were reassessed to qualify for PIP. The purpose of the allowance in its simplest form remains the same, the allowance provides financial support for those suffering with long-term illness or disability. However, the assessment for this allowance has changed.

PIP involves a more objective and thorough face to face assessment. As well as this you must undertake frequent reassessments in-order to continue receiving the allowance. The amount you receive can alter during these assessments.

The DLA allowance was calculated by three different rates of care required:

  • Lowest – Help for some of the day or with preparing cooked meals
  • Middle – Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help you while on dialysis
  • Highest – Help or supervision throughout the day and night or if you are terminally ill

Depending on which category you fell into during the application process would determine the amount of money you would receive for support.

In contrast to this, the rate of PIP depends on how your personal condition affects your lifestyle, it is not based on the condition itself. To establish this, the government carry out a face-to-face assessment and calculate the amount you will receive. To ensure the correct support is given always, your condition will be regularly reassessed. The assessment information will be collected through statements and observations of the individual, social workers, carers and other professionals supporting the candidate.

How does this relate to the Motability Scheme?

How the Motability Scheme works is that it allows disabled and ill people to lease a brand-new vehicle, scooter or powered wheelchair by exchanging their Motability benefit/allowance. Depending on what allowance you receive and your allowance amount will defer whether you are eligible to exchange this allowance for a Motability vehicle. To be eligible for the Motability Scheme you must receive one of the following:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
  • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

There is no current age limit on the scheme, however you must have at least 12 months remaining on your award. If you’re not sure if you are eligible you can contact our fully trained Motability Specialists at your local Sandicliffe branch for more information and support.

I’m eligible! Where do I sign up?

Applying to join the Motability Scheme couldn’t be easier!

  • Step one – Find a vehicle suitable for your lifestyle
  • Step two – Visit your local Sandicliffe Motability dealership that supplies your chosen car
  • Step three – Request to speak with a Motability specialist who will do all the hard work for you
  • Step four – Collect your brand new reliable, safe, suitable vehicle from Sandicliffe and enjoy!

If you were interested in any of the Ford, Nissan, Kia or Mazda models on the Motability Scheme you can call Sandicliffe today on 0115 9395000 or drop by to your nearest Nottingham, Leicester or Loughborough dealership.

Changes to PIP and what it will mean to you.

In April 2017, PIP (Personal Independent Payment) will undergo a second reform review by the government. The government are planning to change the assessment criteria for aids and appliances that needs to be met to receive the benefit. The benefit was designed to support those who need help affording the extra costs that disability can cause.

Since the roll out in April 2013, there has been sufficient evidence to support the claim that often, people were receiving the benefit for simply owning household, NHS provided or one off low cost items that could be used as an aid. These items include things such as a bed or chair, that can aid in helping someone to get dressed. As PIP was introduced to support with extra cost, the government feel receiving this benefit to cover every day, free, low and minimal cost items is unfair and is taking resource away from people who need the support the most.

Here’s a list of some of the aids and appliances that are currently under review:

  • - Preparing food: lightweight kitchen equipment – this can be found in the typical household, regardless of disability and it usually low cost (2 points)
  • - Washing / bathing: sponge with a long handle, typically very low cost (2 points)
  • - Toilet needs: raised toilet seat that can be provided by the NHS (2 points)
  • - Dressing / undressing: a chair, found in most households regardless of disability (2 points)

Under the current PIP assessment criteria, a claimant could receive £55 a week by using an aid in just 4 activities. Personal Independent Payment is monitored continually to make sure it is effective in its intent to supply help and support to those who truly need it.

What will this mean for you?

If you are currently receiving PIP, it’s possible you may have to undergo another review. Following this, if your circumstances change and you are currently on the Motability Scheme, you will need to contact your Motability provider as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call Motability directly on 0300 456 4566.

If Sandicliffe provided your Motability vehicle to you and you have any concerns regarding the recent change to the PIP benefit, please be assured we are on hand to provide any support, advice and information that we can offer. Please speak with one of our trusted Motability Specialists today if you have any questions.

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