People in receipt of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) could be owed thousands in back payments due to a change in the law.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is conducting a review of PIP claimants to identify who may be owed up to £13,000 in benefits as a result of the law change.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people who need help because of a long-term illness or disability.

Not everyone who may be eligible for these extra payments will be contacted and the DWP haven't yet outlined how they will identify and contact claimants, reports advice website Benefits and Work.

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The independent benefits advice website said: "The search is the result of a Supreme Court decision in July which found that the DWP had not been awarding the correct points to some claimants with mental health conditions who need prompting or social support to engage in face-to-face [situations] with other people.

"Some claimants will have missed out on awards of the standard daily living component since April 2016 and will be entitled to around £13,000 in back payments of PIP."

In some cases, eligible claimants due the award may also be entitled to back payments of means-tested benefits premiums, reports the Daily Record.

The website added: "Others who claimed more recently, or who should have got the enhanced rate but only received the standard rate, will be entitled to smaller but still substantial sums."

Those who may have missed out include:

The DWP search will date back to April 2016 for potentially affected people, including claimants who didn’t receive any award for PIP.

Benefits and Work is concerned that some people will be overlooked, including those who made a claim before April 2016 and those whose award was made by a tribunal.

The DWP does not “have the power to change tribunal decisions on the grounds of an error of law and you will need to contact the DWP yourself in these circumstances,” they advised.

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The issue is quite a complicated one, however, Benefits and Work have written a detailed explainer about who may be affected, which can be downloaded here. This is also available in a video format on the same page.

In August, the DWP outlined changes it was making to the PIP process which determined the level of financial support awarded to claimants during certain time periods.

These changes are a result of amendments changes to PIP law for:

The changes to PIP law affects how it decides claims for:

What else do I need to know?

In support of the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DWP says they are “focused on ensuring customers get the financial assistance they need and safeguarding vulnerable people” who rely on their services.

As a result, they said they would not be looking at claims to check if this change means claimants may be eligible for more PIP until the end of September.

The DWP also said it will provide updates on the matter in due course.