Asthma sufferers have been urged to check whether they could get £128 each month.
New data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that more people are receiving support for numerous espiratory conditions including asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep apnoea, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia.
Manchester Evening News reports that those suffering with respiratory conditions could be eligible for £128 each week from the DWP, and they're being urged to check as a result.
Something named Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is paid every four weeks, amounting to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.
At the end of January, there were nearly 2.9million people across the UK claiming support through PIP, and the respiratory conditions being supported include the following:
- Sleep apnoea – obstructive
- Upper respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type not known
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
- Fibrosing alveolitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis – Other / type not known
- Pneumoconiosis – coalworkers
- Pneumoconiosis – Other / type not known
- Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration – Other / type not known
- Pleura – Other diseases of / type not known
- Pleural effusion
- Lung transplantation
- Heart and lung transplantation
- Pulmonary embolus
What is PIP?
Pip is there for those who need extra help because of an illness, disability or mental health condition.
It's a benefit gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Who is eligible for PIP?
To be eligible you will have a health condition or disability where you:
Have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
Expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months
Normally, you'll have to have lived in the UK for two or three years, and be in the country where you apply.
You will be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get, and the rate will be reviewed to make sure you are getting the right support.
Fcae-to-face consultations are offered, alongside video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments.
How is PIP paid?
It is usually paid every four weeks, unless you're terminally ill in which case it'll be paid weekly.
PIP is paid into your bank, credit union account or building society.
Adult Disability Payment will be paid at the same rates as PIP.
You will be paid the following amounts depending on your circumstances:
- Standard rate: £61.85
- Enhanced rate: £92.40
- Standard rate: £24.45
- Enhanced rate: £64.50
You will find all the information you need to apply on the GOV.UK website here.
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