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Is my father in law entitled to PIP?

peglegpegleg Member Posts: 2 Listener
I am making some enquires for my boyfriends father. He has been told he cannot get pip or dla because he owns a house I have told him that could apply as it is not taken into consideration because he owns the house. He has mental health problems and something so he cannot work. He does not receive any benefit what's so ever all he gets is an income of £530 per month for renting his property out  as he been told he is well high of the fresh hold because he owns this house. Can anyone advise please as to what he can he can do.


  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,834

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  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    Claiming PIP is not a contribution based benefit, so even if you work you can still claim PIP but new claims can not be made once you have reach retirement age. You can ring the DWP and fill in a form over the phone about 20 minutes or so then the form is sent to you and your boy friends dad will be sent for a face to face acessment, to see how he would fair in an acessment try one of the self tests to see how he would fit the PIP descriptors.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP is for those aged between 16-64 if he's over this age then it's attendance allowance. Both aren't means tested, so household income isn't counted.

    As for any other benefits he maybe entitled to that will depend on circumstances and household income. For Contributions based benefits like ESA then he needs to have paid enough NI contributions from working in the previous 2 tax years to be able to claim this.

    Any means tested benefits will depend on household income/savings/capital. Living with a partner that works, and also the rental income from the property will go against any means tested benefits he's entitled to.
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  • Laura99Laura99 Member Posts: 62 Courageous
    PIP and Attendance Allowance are non means-tested, so even the Queen could (in theory) claim.

    It is awarded based on how disabilities and mental health conditions affect people's daily living, not on the conditions themselves. It would certainly be worth him applying.

    A great many people are refused PIP/AA at first and eventually take their cases to tribunals. Since 71% of the DWP's original decisions are overturned by these tribunals it is always worth doing this  The award is then backdated to the date that PIP or AA was originally claimed
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pegleg, and a warm welcome! 

    I hope the above responses are helpful- do feel free to come back to us with any further questions. You can begin the PIP process here.
  • peglegpegleg Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi everybody many thanks for all your replays. I will pass this helpful information on.Kind regards pegleg. For those ho wonder why i'm called pegleg is because I lost one of my legs last year and still like to have laugh about it.
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