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Can My Parents Keep PIP and Pension Credit?

yiumingyiuming Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited July 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
My dad is currently receiving Pension Credit and my mum has just been notified about being accepted for PIP.

Can my parents keep both benefits (PIP for mum and Pension Credit for dad)?

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes PIP isn't means tested.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    Your parents are getting separate benefits each in their own right.  Pension credit is complex.  You could phone Age UK helpline.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @yiuming and a warm welcome to the community! I hope you get the answers you are looking for, if you need anything else then please do let me know!
    Scope

  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    yiuming said:
    My dad is currently receiving Pension Credit and my mum has just been notified about being accepted for PIP.

    Can my parents keep both benefits (PIP for mum and Pension Credit for dad)?
    Yes they can keep both. Incidentally and this depends on the type of PIP award AND other conditions relating to the situation of other adults living in the same house, they could find that the Pension Credit award could increase because of your mum getting PIP.


    I would suggest that you put their financial, living and current benefits situation into the following calculator.
    https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Your-Situation/An-older-person

  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    yiuming,

    Yes, it is definitely fine for your parents to get both pension credit and PIP. As Yadnad says, they may even be entitled to more PIP now. It's worth checking the calculator. If your dad helps to care for your mum on a full-time basis then there's a further option of claiming carer's allowance. He won't be able to get it if he gets retirement pension, but it could increase their pension credit even further because of something called a carer's addition.

    I hope you sort things out, but there's definitely nothing to worry about - if anything, they may be able to get a bit more help.

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