People claiming PIP or who have been denied benefit payments could be reimbursed up to £12,865

Claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people who have been granted a benefit or who have been denied it outright could be backdated following a new review announced today

PIP applicants may be entitled to an additional payment
PIP applicants may be entitled to an additional payment

People claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or who have been denied benefit outright could be eligible for back pay after a re-examination by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP is investigating previous claims by deaf or hearing-impaired people following a Supreme Court decision.

It relates to whether deaf or hearing impaired people are considered able to wash or bathe safely as part of the PIP assessment.

If a claimant cannot hear a standard fire alarm while washing or bathing, even though the risk of fire is low, the DWP will now assess whether a visual alarm – such as an aid or device – is required.

They will also consider whether monitoring would be required where a visual alarm was not appropriate.

New guide to Website confirms that the DWP will review claims made on or after August 21, 2020.

This includes those for whom PIP was not awarded at all, the reports daily record.

In a statement on, DWP said: “We are now looking at PIP claims from deaf or hard of hearing people who may be affected by this change.

“This involves reviewing some claims that we decided on or after August 21, 2020, including those where we have not assigned PIP.

“We do not intend to ask for any further evidence or invite you to an assessment as part of this review.

Have you reclaimed money from the DWP and want to share your story? Let us know:

“We will look at the information we already have about your hearing impairment from your PIP claim.”

The DWP said it will write to you if your claim needs review. It was not said how long this process might take.

“Typically, if we decide that you should receive more PIP, your award will be backdated to August 21, 2020,” she continued.

“If you applied for PIP after August 21, 2020, it will typically be backdated to the date you began receiving PIP.”

The DWP will not reconsider your claim if:

  • You have continuously received the increased tariff of the daily life part of PIP since August 21, 2020

  • Since August 21, 2020, a court has ruled on your claim

  • It has decided not to grant you PIP before August 21, 2020

You should consider reapplying for PIP if you think you are now eligible but were previously rejected.

The amendment to the PIP Act applies to all new claims and will apply to all PIP decisions as of May 17, 2021.

how much you could obtain for retrospective payments

Someone who is deaf or has a hearing impairment but has been denied for PIP could receive a maximum retrospective payout of up to £12,865.

This is based on someone who did not receive an award on August 21, 2020 and received the enhanced award on April 5, 2022 for both the Daily Life and Mobility components.

This number was calculated using the Benefits and Work PIP Payment Calculator and was first reported by the Daily Record.

If someone only received the daily living component of PIP, they could be entitled to:

  • From premiums with no daily life to the standard premium rate – retrospective payments of up to £5,073
  • From the No Daily Living Premium to the Enhanced Premium Rate – retroactive payments of up to £7,575
  • From the standard daily living premium to an enhanced premium rate – retroactive payments of up to £2,502

PIP payments will rise 3.1% on April 11, in line with other benefits including Universal Credit.

What is PIP and how much is it worth?

PIP was developed to help people suffering from an illness, disability or mental illness.

The decision to provide you with this benefit depends on how your condition is affecting your life, not the disease itself.

For example, you may be eligible for the extra assistance if your condition makes it difficult for you to get around.

PIP is not means-tested, so it doesn’t matter how much you earn or how much savings you have.

Instead, applicants are assessed by a health professional to determine what you may be entitled to, and your performance is regularly reviewed.

Persons eligible for PIP must be between the ages of 16 and the statutory retirement age.

You must also have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years.

If you qualify for PIP you could currently be paid between £23.70 and £152.15 per week – over four weeks this would be £94.80 or a maximum of £608.60. However, prices are increasing from April 11 – see below.

PIP consists of two components – a daily rate and a mobility rate – and you can be entitled to both or just one.

Depending on your circumstances, you will be paid the following amounts per week:

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