DWP Confirms Next Of Kin To Receive Backdated Payments If A Deceased PIP Claimant Is Not Present | Personal Finances | Finance


PIP claims are currently being reviewed by the DWP as the government prioritizes cases of terminally ill claimants. However, beyond that, the government will focus on how payments will be handled in cases where claimants have died. Recently David Linden, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow East, pushed the government on its plans in the Commons.

Mr Linden said: “To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the written statement of September 20, 2021, Update on Personal Independence Payment (PIP), HCWS294, if his Ministry plans to review PIP claims from deceased claimants as part of the administrative exercise; and whether posthumously backdated payments will be made to claimants’ families when it has been found that more support would have been had to be granted. “

In response, Chloe Smith, Minister of Persons with Disabilities, Health and Labor at DWP, said: “As part of this exercise, we are prioritizing cases of terminally ill asylum seekers.

“The remaining cases will be reviewed in chronological order, starting with the first cases.

“I can also confirm that it is the policy of the department to review cases where the claimant is now deceased to ensure that his or her next of kin are receiving payments.”

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What are the upcoming changes for terminally ill applicants?

In July, the DWP announced that accelerated access to benefits will be extended to more people diagnosed with terminal illness, thereby increasing support for people at the end of their life.

The “special rules for terminal illnesses”, which speed up claims for benefits for people with a terminal diagnosis of six months, must be replaced with a new definition of end of life of 12 months.

The government has explained that this will ensure that people in their last year of life receive vital financial support faster than they can now and at the highest rate thanks to revised special rules.

Justin Tomlinson, Minister of Persons with Disabilities, welcomed these developments.

Mr Tomlinson said: “The diagnosis of a terminal illness is devastating and this change will increase the much needed support for people who are nearing the end of their lives.

“The new 12-month approach will ensure people get the financial help they need as quickly as possible during their toughest times.

“We have carefully considered the best approach and I am grateful to everyone who contributed to our work to achieve this result. “

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How will the changes work?

At the time, the DWP explained how the new system works in practice: “Under the updated rules, clinicians still have discretion and will be supported by a realistic and simple definition, which aligns with the current NHS practice.

“The ministers plan to implement the 12-month end-of-life approach for five DWP benefits, starting with the Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance next year and the Nursing Allowance, the living allowance for disabled people and the personal independence payment when parliamentary time allows.

“This follows a DWP assessment that heard the perspectives of people at the end of life, their families and friends, the organizations that support them, and the clinicians involved in their care.”

There are different rules for claiming PIP when people are terminally ill.

How much does PIP cost?

The PIP is made up of two elements, a daily life and mobility part. whether an applicant receives one or both of these items depends on the severity of their condition (s) affecting them.

The daily living portion of PIP will pay £ 60 or £ 89.60 per week. Mobility payments will be £ 23.70 or £ 62.55.

Applicants will receive the highest rate for the daily living portion if they are not expected to live longer than six months. PIP applicants may also benefit from other forms of financial assistance.

This includes care allowance or assistance with accommodation or transport costs.

If a person receives the PIP while working, they may also qualify for the disability component of the Work Tax Credit, which is worth up to £ 3,220 per year, or up to £ 4,610 if their disability is serious.


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