PIP, or Personal Independence Payment as it is formally known, is designed to provide financial assistance to those with long-term ill health or a disability. However, it is not just the payment itself which could provide support to people on a day-to-day basis. In fact, entitlement to PIP could mean Britons unlock a whole host of other support measures.
If one gets PIP they could be able to knock significant sums off their council tax, even reducing the bill to zero in some circumstances.
Council tax can be a significant financial burden for many people, but it is necessary for local authorities to collect.
The sum must usually be paid by those who are 18 or over who own or rent their home.
The full bill is based on at least two adults living in a home, and spouses and partners living together are jointly responsible for paying.
Where a person lives and their personal circumstances are also likely to be taken into account.
The Government states if people are eligible for a Council Tax reduction, they could reduce their bill by up to 100 percent.
A local council will be able to provide more detail, and as a result, they should be contacted for further information.
To secure this reduced council tax rate, however, PIP claimants will need to take action.
They should contact their local council to first inform them of the person’s receipt of PIP.
They may also need to send the council a copy of the PIP award letter they first received when claiming.
This should start the process, and a person will be able to see from that point on whether they are eligible for a discount, and for how much.
To provide additional help with the matter, the Government has shared a tool via its website.
Here, Britons can enter their postcode and get directly rerouted to their local council’s website for more detailed information.
People will be eligible for PIP if they are 16 or over, but usually under state pension age, with a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability.
Their condition must mean they have difficulty carrying out certain everyday tasks or getting out and about.
They must also expect the difficulties to last for at least 12 months from when they first started.