It follows an investigation by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
At the start of the pandemic last year, the DWP announced plans to change the way people request PIP.
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This had an impact on the amount of financial assistance received by some applicants during a given period.
DWP changed the definition of social support six years ago, which has led many people to see a noticeable change in their payments, reports Sussex Live.
PIP is awarded to applicants who need additional financial assistance to pay for living expenses associated with a long-term physical or mental disability.
The payments are distributed in two distinct parts: a daily life component and a mobility component.
The Daily Living component has two different weekly rates: a lower rate of £ 60 and a higher rate of £ 89.60. In comparison, the mobility component also offers two different weekly rates: a lower rate of £ 23.70 and a higher rate of £ 62.55.
Usually, when someone begins their PIP application, the DWP assesses the applicant’s ability to interact with other people face to face.
The rule change affects current PIP claimants, people who have applied for the PIP in the past but don’t get it today, and people who are leaving Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
However, according to the DWP, if an applicant needs to be “prompted” or called back by someone trained in social situations, the ministry would now consider whether that falls under social support.
The DWP said, “The change also clarifies that social support is an ongoing need to help engage with other people. It does not have to be during or just before the activity.
Following this update, the government department is looking to find current and past applicants who have been affected by this change dating back to April 2016.
Specifically, the DWP said: “This includes re-examining certain claims that we decided on or after April 6, 2016 where the PIP was awarded due to the need to ‘incentivize’ engage with other people face to face.
“We will now examine whether they need ‘social support’. This includes certain claims for which we have not granted a PIP. “
However, the ministry clarified that it will not consider applications which have seen the improved rate of the daily living portion of the PIP granted continuously since April 2016.
In addition, the DWP will not reconsider an application if a court has already made a decision or if a decision has been made not to grant the PIP before April 2016.
In terms of eligibility, the DWP explained, “Not everyone will be eligible. If you are, we’ll write to you and you don’t need to contact us.
“It may take a while for you to receive this letter. We do not plan to invite you for an assessment as part of this review, but we may contact you for more information.
“If we decide you should get more PIP, your reward will generally be backdated to April 6, 2016.
“If you requested the PIP after April 6, 2016, it will generally be backdated to the date you started receiving the PIP. “
Anyone who thinks they are PIP eligible are encouraged to apply, with rule changes now factored into all future claims.
Those interested in applying for PIP can contact their local DWP center or start their application online.
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