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State Pension age? You may still be able to claim PIP – eligibility explained

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PIP is designed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help those who live with a disability or health condition. The payment can help with the extra costs associated with a number of conditions, and is therefore greatly valued by those who receive it. However, for the most part, the eligibility rules for PIP state a person must have not reached State Pension age to claim.

Therefore for those who have been claiming DLA, and have received a letter inviting them to apply for PIP, the payment is still available.

Finally, if a person has been entitled to PIP in the past, reaching state pension age may not affect a claim for PIP.

The government website explains: “You may get PIP if you previously got it and you were still entitled to it within the last year.”

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While these instances prove those of state pension age can still receive support from PIP, there may be some who fall outside of these brackets.

Whether a person receives one or both of these elements, however, is down to how severely their condition affects them.

The first part of PIP is the daily living element, designed to help Britons with their day to day lives.

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It is paid at a weekly rate of either £59.70 or £89.15.

In addition, the mobility part of PIP can help claimants get out and about, and indeed around the house.

Per week, claimants will receive either £23.60 or £62.25.

PIP can be claimed by calling the DWP, or via post if a person so wishes. 

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