Anyone suffering from respiratory conditions like asthma could be eligible for financial assistance as new data shows the number of people now receiving financial assistance has risen
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People with asthma are being asked to check if they are owed money from the government.
Anyone suffering from respiratory conditions that affect daily life could be eligible for £128 a week from the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).
New data from the DWP shows an increase in the number of people now receiving support for 24 types of respiratory conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia, the Manchester Evening News reported.
At the end of January this year, nearly 2.9 million people across the UK were applying for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) support – with just one in three claimants (35%) receiving the highest premium.
PIP is paid out every four weeks, so each pay period amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60.
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UK breakdown of PIP claimants with respiratory conditions
- Scotland: 16,549
- UK: 103,210
- Wales: 8,561
Below is a list of 24 respiratory conditions supported by PIP to support either daily living, mobility needs or a combination of both.
Assessment premium rates vary by disability status, and a PIP applicant’s primary disability condition is recorded during their assessment over 99% of the time, the DWP reports.
diseases of the upper respiratory tract
- Sleep apnea – obstructive
- Upper respiratory tract – Other diseases/species not known
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
- fibrosing alveolitis
- Pulmonary Fibrosis – Other / Species not known
- Pneumoconiosis – coal workers
- Pneumoconiosis – Other / Species not known
Granulomatous lung disease and lung infiltration
- Granulomatous Lung Disease and Pulmonary Infiltration – Other/Type not known
disease of the pleura
- Pleura – Other diseases/species not known
- pleural effusion
heart and lung transplant
Lionr Respiratory system – Other diseases/type not known
If you are over 16 and under the statutory retirement age, you may be able to apply for PIP to help with a respiratory condition, and if your symptoms limit your ability to work, you may be eligible for Employment and Assistance Allowance style”. (ESA).
What is PIP?
PIP is a benefit that is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
If you need additional help because of an illness, disability or mental illness, you may be entitled to PIP.
You will be assessed by a healthcare professional to determine the level of help you can receive and your plan will be reviewed to ensure you are receiving the right support.
Who is Eligible for PIP?
To be eligible for PIP, you must have a medical condition or disability if you:
You will generally need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be in the country at the time of application.
In addition to what we’ve outlined above, if you’re getting 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 .
- Prepare, cook or eat food
- Management of your medication
- washing, bathing or using the toilet
- dress and undress
- interacting with and communicating with other people
- Reading and understanding written information
- make decisions about money
- planning a trip or following a route
- move outside the home
If you are terminally ill then different rules apply which can be found here on the GOV.UK website.
The DWP assesses how difficult you find everyday and mobility tasks. For each task, look at the following:
- if you can do it safely
- how long you need
- how often your condition affects this activity
- whether you need help with this, from one person or with additional equipment
How is PIP paid?
PIP is normally paid every four weeks unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly.
PIP is deposited directly into your bank, building society, or credit union account.
Adult disability benefits are paid at the same rates as PIP.
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What are the PIP payment rates?
You will need an assessment to determine the amount of financial assistance you will receive and your rate will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are receiving the correct assistance.
Payment rates rose 3.1% on April 11th.
PIP consists of two components:
Whether you get one or both, and how much, depends on how badly your condition is affecting you.
Depending on your circumstances, you will be paid the following amounts per week:
Normal fare: £61.85
Extended Fare: £92.40
Normal fare: £24.45
Extended Fare: £64.50
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How are you rated?
You will be assessed by an independent health care professional to help the DWP determine the amount of financial assistance you may need.
Face-to-face consultations on health-related benefits are offered alongside video calls, phone and paper-based assessments – it’s important to realize there is no choice here, it’s up to the healthcare professional and the DWP.
How do you apply for PIP?
You can submit a new application by contacting the DWP. You can find all the information you need to apply on the GOV.UK website here.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/anyone-asthma-urged-check-theyre-26874000 Anyone with asthma is being told to check if they are owed £128 a week by the government