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Claim PIP for asthma and you could get up to £608 a month from DWP

The latest figures from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence show that there are 5.4 million people across the UK receiving treatment for asthma.

The statistics also show that approximately 160,000 people across the country are diagnosed with asthma every year and that roughly 250,000 adults and children are living with severe asthma.

Severe Asthma can count as a disability, according to the charity Asthma UK, and if it’s making your daily life difficult, whether that’s inside the home completing simple tasks or moving around independently outside it, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and receive financial support.

The Asthma UK website states: “PIP is paid because of how your severe asthma affects you, not because you have severe asthma, so you may be asked to see a health professional for an assessment.”

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that there are 20,587 claimants across the UK receiving PIP for asthmatic conditions.

This includes:

  • Scotland claimants: 2,235
  • England claimants: 16,424
  • Wales claimants: 1,926

You do not need to have a carer or have someone helping you to qualify for PIP and you could receive between £23.70 and £152.15 every week – as PIP is paid every four weeks this amounts to between £94.80 and £608.60 every month.

Find out if you can claim PIP by looking at the criteria set out by the DWP below.

Who is eligible for PIP?

If you are over 16 and under State Pension age, you could be eligible for PIP.

You do not need to have worked or paid National Insurance contributions to qualify for PIP, and it does not matter what your income is, if you have any savings or if you’re in or out of work – or on furlough.

You must also have a health condition or disability where you:

The DWP will judge the eligibility of your PIP claim on a period of 12 months, looking back for three months and forward for nine months – they must consider if your illness changes over time.

You usually need to have lived in Scotland for at least two of the last three years and be in the country when you apply.

PIP daily living and mobility test

If you get or need help with any of the following because of your condition, you should consider applying for PIP:

  • preparing, cooking or eating food

  • managing your medication

  • washing, bathing or using the toilet

  • dressing and undressing

  • engaging and communicating with other people

  • reading and understanding written information

  • making decisions about money

  • planning a journey or following a route

  • moving around – outside the home

What is classified as ‘help’ for a PIP claim

You are classified as needing help to do an activity if you need a person or a device to:

You may also be classified as needing help if you do an activity yourself but:

The DWP reports there are 20,587 claimants across the UK receiving PIP for asthmatic conditions

PIP test scoring criteria

The PIP scoring criteria awards points for a statement which applies to you for each activity

The DWP will decide which statement best fits your situation most of the time. You will get a set amount of points ranging from 0 -12 for each activity.

The total number of points you get for each group of activities will decide whether you are entitled to PIP, and how much money you will receive.

To get the standard rate daily living component, you need to score between 8 to 11 points in total for the daily living activities. You need 12 points to get the enhanced rate.

To get the standard rate mobility component, you need to score between 8 to 11 points in total for the mobility activities. You need 12 points to get the enhanced rate.

How is PIP paid?

PIP is usually paid every four weeks unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid every week.

PIP will be paid directly into your bank, building society or credit union account.

What are the PIP payment rates for 2021/22?

PIP is made up of two components – daily living and mobility.

Whether you get one or both of these and how much depends on how severely your condition affects you.

You could receive the following amounts per week depending on your circumstances:

Daily living

  • Standard rate – £60.00

  • Enhanced rate – £89.60

Mobility

  • Standard rate – £23.70

  • Enhanced rate – £62.55

How you are assessed

You will be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help the DWP work out the level of help you need.

Face-to-face assessments restarted in May and may be offered alongside telephone and video based consultations. All assessments will follow strict public health guidelines and put the safety of the claimant first – we have a full guide on how to prepare for assessments here.

How do you make a claim for PIP?

You can make a new claim by contacting the DWP, you’ll find all the information you need to apply on the gov.uk website here.

Before you call, you’ll need:

  • your contact details, for example telephone number

  • your date of birth

  • your National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits

  • your bank or building society account number and sort code

  • your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number

  • dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital

Help Claiming PIP from DWP

Once you have contacted the DWP, they will send you a document to complete which consists of 14 questions and a section for any additional information.

The questions focus on how your condition affects you – put as much relevant detail in as you can to help the assessor understand your physical and mental health needs.

If you have difficulty filling in your form or understanding the questions, contact your local council and ask for help or Citizens Advice Scotland.

We have a breakdown of all 14 questions here and you can take an anonymous self-test online at Benefits and Work to see how many points you would be awarded for each response.

For more information about PIP, visit gov.uk here.

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