People on PIP may be able to backdate other benefits to the start of their award

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help people over the age of 16 and under State Pension age with the extra financial costs for more than 500 health issues or disabling conditions, which may be physical, sensory, mental, intellectual or cognitive, or any combination of these.

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show more than 3.5million people across Great Britain, including almost 219,000 living in Scotland, were receiving PIP at the end of January. A successful claim for PIP is now worth between £28.70 and £184.30 each week to help with the additional costs of daily living and mobility needs.

However, an award for PIP may enable claimants to access means-tested benefits even if they have previously been told they are not eligible and according to guidance in the PIP Handbook on GOV.UK, it may also be possible to backdate certain benefits to the start of their PIP award.

This is because entitlement to PIP or Adult Disability Payment (ADP) in Scotland, provides a gateway or passport to other benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, and schemes sponsored by other departments, such as the Blue Badge.

The guidance explains for many benefits and schemes there are additional qualifying conditions, but for some, including the Blue Badge, there are alternative ways of accessing the benefit that do not rely on a particular rate or component of PIP, or ADP.

The guidance explains : “For DWP benefits, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction, we share information to enable claimants to automatically access other disability benefits and services.

“However, claimants should inform other benefit offices about their entitlement to make sure they’re paid the correct amounts, particularly if there are any changes in their circumstances and awards.”

DWP added in most cases, claimants will need to use their PIP award letter as proof of entitlement. The guidance also states carers may be able to claim Income Support (including for up to 26 weeks while the PIP claim is being assessed) and many carers may continue claiming Income Support after PIP is awarded.

DWP advises claimants to seek advice about other benefits they may also be entitled to.

Benefits which could be accessed with a PIP award

While you may not qualify for any or all of these benefits, it’s worthwhile checking to make sure you are not missing out on additional support.

  • Access to Work

  • Carer’s Allowance

  • Carer’s Credit

  • Child Tax Credit - new claims are now replaced by Universal Credit

  • Council Tax Reduction

  • Council Tax Discount

  • Employment and Support Allowance - only if you get the PIP daily living component

  • Housing Benefit

  • Income Support‎

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Pension Credit - only if you get the PIP daily living component

  • Universal Credit

  • Working Tax Credit - new claims replaced by Universal Credit

Where to find help

Anyone who has already claimed PIP or has a general query about their award and what else they may be entitled to claim should call the Disability Service Centre.

You can contact them for advice or information about a claim you’ve already made for PIP, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance.

Full contact details including phone numbers can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

Adult Disability Payment

Adult Disability Payment is a devolved health benefit that provides financial support to people aged between 16 and State Pension age in Scotland, who are disabled, have a long-term physical or mental health condition or have a terminal illness.

How to apply for Adult Disability Payment

People can apply ADP, over the phone, by post or in-person. To find out more or apply, visit the dedicated pages on mygov.scot here or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.