PIP applicants could receive up to £13,000 in back payments due to legislative changes.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is conducting a review of PIP applicants to determine who may owe up to £13,000 in benefits as a result of the amendment.

Individuals receiving a Personal Independent Payment (PIP) could receive thousands of back payments as a result of a change in legislation.

The Department for Work and Pensions is currently investigating who may owe up to £13,000 sterling.

Not everyone who may be entitled to these back payments is being contacted and the DWP has not yet outlined how it will identify and contact applicants, reports the Benefits and Work advisory website.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people who need assistance due to long-term illness or disability.

In some cases, eligible claimants who are entitled to the benefit may also be eligible for back payments of means-tested benefits, reports the Daily Record.

The website of the independent benefit counselling centre stated: “This is a benefit for people who need help due to a long-term illness or disability: “The search is the result of a July Supreme Court decision which found that the DWP had failed to award the right points to some claimants with mental illness who needed encouragement or social support to engage in personal [situations]with other people.

“Some claimants will have failed to receive the daily living standard component since April 2016 and are entitled to approximately £13,000 in PIP back payments”.

The website added: “Others who have recently applied or who should have received the increased rate but only received the standard rate will be entitled to smaller but still substantial amounts.

Benefits and Work is concerned that some people will be overlooked, including those who applied before April 2016 and those whose arbitration award was issued by a tribunal.

The DWP search will go back to April 2016 for potentially affected individuals, including applicants who have not been awarded PIP.

The DWP does not have “the authority to alter decisions of the tribunal due to an error of law, and you must apply to the DWP yourself in these circumstances,” they said.

In August, the DWP explained the changes it made to the PIP process that determined the amount of financial assistance available to applicants during certain periods.

The issue is quite complicated, but Benefits and Work has written a detailed explanation of who might be affected, which can be downloaded here. It is also available in a video format on the same page.

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