People with anxiety, stress or depression could get £737 a month from DWP

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offers up to £737 per month to individuals suffering from anxiety, stress or depression. In the UK, hundreds of thousands grapple with mental health conditions.

The latest statistics reveal that as of January's end, 1.3 million people across Britain are claiming Personal Independence Payments [PIP] due to psychiatric disorders. The DWP offers financial assistance to those battling conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression, along with other conditions that could potentially impact a person's mental wellbeing.

Between February 2020 and January 2024, there has been an increase of over 462,000 people claiming PIP for psychiatric disorders. Last week, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled plans for a new consultation on PIP, which would examine potential alterations to the eligibility criteria, assessment process and support provided.

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Sunak cautioned that if changes are not made, PIP expenditure is expected to surge by more than 50% in the coming four years, according to the Daily Record. Currently, nearly 3.5 million people across Britain are receiving PIP, with 37% of these claims being for psychiatric disorders including mental health conditions.

PIP, or Personal Independence Payment, offers additional financial aid for adults who have a disability, long-term illness, or physical or mental health condition that necessitates assistance with daily tasks or mobility. Following the annual adjustment earlier this month, a successful PIP claim is now worth between £28.70 and £184.30 per week.

This benefit is paid every four weeks, translating to between £114.80 and £737.20 per payment period. Those needing extra support to cover daily living or mobility costs due to a mental health condition should consider making a new PIP claim.

Who is eligible for PIP?

To qualify for PIP, you must have a health condition or disability where you:

  • have experienced difficulties with daily living or mobility (or both) for three months

  • anticipate these difficulties to persist for at least nine months.

You generally need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be in the country when you apply. If your condition requires or will require help with any of the following, you should think about applying for PIP:

  • preparing, cooking or eating food

  • managing your medication

  • washing, bathing or using the toilet

  • dressing and undressing

  • engaging and communicating with other people

  • reading and understanding written information

  • making decisions about money

  • planning a journey or following a route

  • moving around.

There are different rules for those who are terminally ill, which can be found on the GOV. UK website here. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will assess how difficult you find daily living and mobility tasks. For each task they will examine:

  • whether you can do it safely

  • how long it takes you

  • how often your condition affects this activity

  • whether you need help to do it, from a person or using extra equipment.

How is PIP paid?

PIP is typically paid every four weeks unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly. It is directly deposited into your bank, building society or credit union account.

What is the PIP payment rate?

An assessment for work must be conducted to determine the level of financial assistance you will receive, and your rate will be regularly reviewed to ensure you are receiving the appropriate support.

PIP consists of two components:

  • Daily living

  • Mobility.

Whether you receive one or both of these and how much you receive depends on the severity of your condition. The following amounts will be paid per week depending on your circumstances:

Daily living

  • Standard rate: £72.65

  • Enhanced rate: £108.55


  • Standard rate: £28.70

  • Enhanced rate: £75.75

How you are assessed

An independent healthcare professional conducts the assessment to assist the DWP in determining the level of financial support, if any, you need for PIP. Face-to-face consultations for health-related benefits are available, as well as video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments.

The DWP and the health professional decide which type of assessment is most suitable for each claimant.

How do you make a claim for PIP?

To make a new claim, contact the DWP - all the information you need to apply can be found on the GOV. UK website here.

Make sure you have the following before you call:

  • your contact details

  • your date of birth

  • your National Insurance number - this can be found on letters about tax, pensions and benefits

  • your bank or building society account number and sort code

  • your doctor or health worker's name, address and telephone number

  • dates and addresses for any time you've spent abroad, in a care home or hospital.

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