DWP offers Brits with asthma and 23 other respiratory conditions up to £8000 a year

Should you suffer from any of these 24 respiratory issues, including asthma, you have the chance to claim a monthly payment of up to £691.

According to DWP, if your health affects how you live your daily life, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

PIP is worth a maximum of £172.75 extra each week. As it is paid every four weeks, this means it is worth up to £691 each time you get paid. This works out at over £8,000 a year.

The amount of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is determined by the degree to which a long-term health condition or disability impacts an individual’s daily life and mobility, rather than just their health condition or disability.

Conditions are categorised under a main disabling condition, often using the official medical term. This implies that some individuals may be unaware of the additional resources offered to assist with the higher expenses associated with a particular illness, such as asthma.

For example, those who have trouble breathing might not be aware that bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and emphysema are all included in the primary category of “respiratory disease,” which is disabling.

A few of the requirements that may indicate your eligibility for PIP include:

  • Sleep apnoea – obstructive
  • Upper respiratory tract – other diseases of/type not known
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Asthma
  • Asbestosis
  • Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration
  • Pulmonary fibrosis – other/type not known
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pleura
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung transplantation
  • Heart and lung transplantation

A medical practitioner will examine you to ascertain the extent of assistance that you are eligible for. You must have a medical condition or disability that has interfered with your daily activities, mobility, or both for at least three months in order to be eligible for PIP.

These interferences must also be expected to last for a minimum of nine more months.

Moreover, you must be in the UK at the time of application and have resided here for at least two of the previous three years. If you are terminally sick, there are different regulations that you can see on the GOV.UK website.

PIP is made up of two components and the amount you could get from the DWP depends on how your condition affects you. You could get:

  • Standard rate for daily living: £68.10 per week
  • Enhanced rate for daily living: £101.75 per week
  • Standard rate for mobility: £26.90 per week
  • Enhanced rate for mobility: £71.00 per week

An independent healthcare professional will assess you to determine what financial support you need. Assessments can be face-to-face, via video call, telephone or paper-based – but it’s up to the health professional and DWP.

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