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If you’ve got a mental health condition and didn’t get the higher rate of PIP mobility

This advice applies to England

The rules for getting the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) mobility component have changed. You can now apply for it if you have a mental health condition that makes it difficult for you to plan or take a journey.

Because of the change, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is reviewing all PIP claims decided after 27 November 2016 but before 28 June 2018 – you can check the date on your decision letter. The DWP will work out if you should get extra money – this includes if you scored zero points.

You might get extra money if:

  • you have a mental health condition that makes getting about outside difficult
  • you didn’t get the mobility component of PIP or you got the standard rate of the mobility component

If your PIP decision was made before 28 November 2016

If you didn’t get the mobility component or you got a lower rate than you expected, you might be able to get your claim backdated to before 28 November – contact your nearest Citizens Advice.

You don’t need to take any action now. The DWP will write to you if they decide you should get extra money.

If you’re already getting PIP

You might get extra money sooner if you ask for your claim to be looked at again.

It’s worth knowing that if you ask for your claim to be looked at again, the DWP will assess you for both care and mobility components – this means you might get less money overall than you were getting. If you’re not sure, contact your nearest Citizens Advice for help.

If you aren’t getting any PIP

You should make a new claim if you think you might now qualify for the mobility component – you don’t need to wait until your old claim has been reviewed. If you make a new claim you could get extra money sooner and they might backdate the payment.

How your claim will be reviewed

You won’t have to go to another face-to-face assessment. The DWP will review your case by using all the information you sent when you applied.

If they need information they might contact you or your doctor.

If you’re eligible for more money

You’II get a letter telling you how much benefit you’II get.

You’II get a payment backdated to the date of your claim or when the mobility component rules were first changed (28 November 2016), whichever is later.

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