After an investigation into the rule change from the Department for Work and Pensions, PIP claimants could claim up to £15,000 in back payments.

At the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Government department announced plans to change the application process for how people can apply for PIP, effecting the amount of financial support individuals could claim from the DWP during certain periods.

In April 2016, the definition of social support was altered by the DWP, which led to claimants seeing a significant change in their payments.

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PIP is granted to claimants who need financial aid to help pay for living costs linked to living with a long-term physical or mental disability.

Payments are granted in two separate parts. The first is a daily living component and the second a mobility component.

The daily living component has two different weekly rates. The lower rate is £60 and the higher rate is £89.60.

The mobility component also had two different weekly rates. The lower rate is £23.70 and the higher rate is £62.55.

When the PIP application has begun, the DWP will usually assess the claimant's ability to interact with other people face-to-face.

The new rule change will affect current PIP claimants, people who have applied for PIP in the past but do not get financial assistance today, and people moving from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

According to the DWP, now if a claimant needs 'prompting' or reminding from a trained individual in social situations, the department will consider whether this comes under social support.

The DWP stated: “The change also clarifies that social support is an ongoing need to help engage with other people. It does not need to be during or immediately before the activity.”

Following the rule change, the DWP is looking to find current and past claimants who have been affected by this change, dating back to April 2016.

The DWP said: “This includes looking again at some claims we decided on or after April 6, 2016, where PIP was awarded because of needing ‘prompting’ to engage with other people face to face.

“We will now consider whether they need ‘social support’. This includes some claims where we did not award PIP.”

The department clarified that it will not be considering claims which saw the enhanced rate of the daily living part of PIP being awarded continuously since April 2016.

They will also not re-examine a claim if a Tribunal has already reached a decision, or a decision was made not to award PIP before April 2016.

On eligibility, the DWP explained: “Not everyone will be eligible. If you are, we will write to you and you do not need to contact us.

“It may take some time for you to get this letter. We are not planning to invite you for an assessment as part of this review, but we may contact you for more information.

“If we decide that you should get more PIP, then your award will usually be backdated to 6 April 2016.

“If you claimed PIP after April 6, 2016, it will usually be backdated to the date you started getting PIP.”

All Britons who think they are eligible for PIP are encouraged to apply, with the rule changes now being factored into all future claims.

People looking to apply for PIP can contact their local DWP centre or begin their application online.

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