People urged to claim benefit worth more than £600 per month

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Applicants must be assessed by a health professional to deem whether they qualify for the benefit

Qualifying people are urged to claim a benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which could be worth more than £600 ($790.85) per month.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit designed to help with extra living costs for people with long-term health conditions or disabilities, and people who face difficulties doing everyday tasks because of a condition.

The benefit provides additional financial assistance to help with everyday living costs, reports EdinburghLive.

Applicants must be assessed by a health professional to deem whether they qualify for the benefit.

PIP is divided into two separate components — the daily living component and the mobility component — which are designed to cater to different needs.

The former is intended for claimants who require financial help to cover their daily living costs, with the current standard rate being £60 ($79.09) a week and the enhanced rate totalling £89.60 ($118.10) a week.

As reported by the Daily Express, applicants will receive the standard rate if they are given a score of between eight and 11 on the DWP’s assessment form.

People who are given a score of over 11 following their assessment by a health professional will receive the enhanced rate.

The mobility component of PIP, meanwhile, is intended to help people who require financial assistance to get around.

The current standard rate for the component is £23.70 ($31.24) per week, with the enhanced rate being £62.55 ($82.45) per week.

Similar to the daily living component, those who are scored between 8 and 11 in their assessment will receive the standard rate, and those who get a score of above 11 will receive the enhanced rate.

People who are deemed as being eligible for the enhanced rate of both components will receive £608.60 ($802.19) per month.

Following the assessment, the DWP can award an individual claimant both components under the same claim if deemed necessary.

The DWP is also able to give benefits recipients the standard rate for both components, the enhanced rate for both, or a combination of standard and enhanced.

Chloe Smith, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, discussed why people should take advantage of the DWP’s financial assistance.

Ms Smith said: Living with a long-term illness or disability can have a profound effect on daily life, both for those with a diagnosis and those who care for them, so it’s vitally important you are receiving all the help you are entitled to.

She said: Millions of people already receive this support and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible for extra financial help to check online.

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