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DWP will pay up to £800 a month to 3 million people after the change in April

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has increased its Personal Independence Allowance (PIP) to a maximum of £800 per month, benefiting around three million claimants from April.

Earlier this month, PIP benefits were increased in line with the inflation rate of 6.7 percent. PIP is a benefit intended for people who need extra help with daily tasks or mobility due to long-term illnesses, disabilities or physical or mental health problems.

According to the DWP, common conditions leading to PIP claims include psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depressive and mood disorders, as well as musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions or respiratory diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, as reported by the Express.

PIP consists of two parts: a daily living component for those who need help with daily tasks, and a mobility component for those who need help with movement. Each part has a standard and an increased rate.

Whether claimants receive one or both components depends on the difficulty they experience with certain tasks. People can apply even if they are employed, have savings or already receive other benefits, the Manchester Evening News reports.

New PIP rates for 2024

The new standard and enhanced payment rates that went into effect this month are as follows:.

Daily living tasks

  • Standard rate – £72.65 (was £68.10 per week)
  • Enhanced rate – £108.55 (was £101.75 per week)

Mobility tasks