PIP payments freeze as millions left waiting for increase after changes to law
The Government says it has “paused” a review of Personal Independence Payment amounts during the coronavirus pandemic
More than two million people on Personal Independence Payment are still waiting for an increase they may be due after legal rulings.
Reviews of PIP cases have been put on hold, the Government has confirmed.
It now means that people on the benefit have effectively had their payouts frozen at current levels – and have been kept waiting for up to three years to see if they will get a boost in their money.
Intended as the eventual replacement for Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is designed to help with extra costs for people who have a long term health problem or disability.
Under PIP rules, claimants could get between £23.60 and £151.40 a week if they are aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age.
But some could be eligible for more cash help than they currently receive.
PIP claimants have been waiting to see if their benefit will be increased since a number of tribunal decisions in 2017 led to changes in the law
The changes related to aspects including moving from DLA to PIP, managing medication, special diets, and psychological distress.