DWP could pay you £737 if you have this common health condition

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People who suffer from a common health condition could be eligible for £737 a month from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Although snoring is a night-time issue for many, it can occasionally escalate into a more severe condition known as sleep apnoea.

This can significantly impact a person's quality of life. Those diagnosed with sleep apnoea may be entitled to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Snoring is associated with sleep apnoea, which can be recognised as a disability due to the detrimental effect it can have on your day-to-day life. In addition to experiencing extreme fatigue throughout the day as a result of poor sleep quality, it can lead to a variety of other health conditions.

If you believe that your snoring is negatively affecting your quality of life, it's crucial to seek a proper diagnosis from a medical professional. After receiving a diagnosis, you then may be eligible to claim PIP, reports Bristol Live.

What exactly is sleep apnoea?

The NHS defines sleep apnoea as a condition where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. The most prevalent type is known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Symptoms of sleep apnoea primarily occur during sleep and include interrupted breathing, gasping, snorting or choking noises, frequent awakenings, and loud snoring. During the day, you may also experience extreme tiredness, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, or morning headaches.

The NHS emphasises the importance of treating sleep apnoea due to its potential to cause more serious complications. The NHS says sleep apnoea needs to be treated because it can lead to more serious problems.

These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, a higher chance of having a stroke, high blood pressure, depression or mood changes, a higher chance of having a serious accident caused by tiredness, such as a car accident.

What benefits am I eligible for?

If you're living with sleep apnoea, you might be eligible to claim Personal Independence Payments (PIP). This benefit can assist with additional living costs if you have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability and struggle with certain daily tasks or mobility due to your condition.

PIP is not affected by whether you're working, your savings, or if you're receiving most other benefits. PIP is tax-free and the amount you receive isn't influenced by your income or savings.

Eligibility and how to claim

PIP consists of two components; the first is for those who need assistance with daily tasks, while the second is for those who require help with mobility. Whether you qualify for one or both parts and the amount you receive depends on the level of difficulty you experience with daily tasks and mobility.

For individuals on the higher weekly rate, the combined total weekly payment amounts to £184.30, which equates to approximately £737 per month.

The DWP does not specify which conditions qualify individuals to claim PIP, it's dependent on how your day-to-day quality of life is impacted. You may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if all of the following apply:

  • You're 16 or over.

  • You have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability.

  • You struggle with certain daily tasks or mobility.

  • You expect these difficulties to persist for at least 12 months from when they began.

You must also be below the State Pension age if you've not received PIP before. You can verify your eligibility and apply here.

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