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PIP, tax credits and housing benefit

xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
Hello I'm just wondering if housing benefit and tax credits benefits change when you start getting PIP?


  • xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, i got my PIP report today and i looked up online for the PIP points breakdown and matched it to the boxes my assesor ticked on my report and i have scored very high which is enough points for both enhanced rate care and mobility, I'm just wondering if the decision maker would go against the assesor and turn me down or is this unlikely?  I'm kind of sorry i asked for the report now because it's making me quite anxious in case i get my hopes up and then get turned down, that's the last thing i need right now.  Would anyone know how this works please?  Thanks in advance.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,129 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @xxclairexx If you have indeed scored 12 points or more for both the daily living & mobility components, you should receive the enhanced rate for both.

    My understanding is that a Decision Maker, who isn't medically qualified, would rarely go against a Health Care professional's assessment.

    I hope you receive the decision you feel is appropriate. Do please let us know.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    @xxclairexx, Hello and welcome, that's great news and we'll done on making the effort to look up online for information about your assessment report scores. The decision makers normally go with the assessment report but you will have to wait for the official notification letter from DWP which will be sent to you in the next 8 to 10 weeks it's a long wait but you are waiting for confirmation so try to get on with your life and not get stressed or anxious. 
  • xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks for the reply! The points aren't showing on the report but i see the boxes the assesor ticked and added up the points from online and i scored 20 for Mobility and got 12 points in the first 3 questions of daily living, haven't even added up the rest of the daily living points yet.
  • xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you Wilko, I've been so ill.  I applied for PIP a couple of years ago and lost the appeal, horrendous ordeal and i was left traumatised, i was totally worried about going through it again but everyone pushed me and i finally think I've got what I'm entitled to, it will really help if i am successful because i need to pay a cleaner and someone to cook me meals etc
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    I dont think PIP is used when means testing for these benefits, but someone else will be able to say for definite.

  • xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Someone actually told me the tax credits and housing benefit can increase when awarded PIP
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    @xxclairexx. PIP is not included when claiming other benefits but can allow you to claim other benefits because you are claiming PIP. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, if you claim working tax credits then yes a PIP award can mean you maybe entitled to more. If it’s just child tax credits you claim and the PIP award isn’t for your child then no, you won’t be entitled to anymore tax credits.

    A PIP award can entitle you to more housing benefit but that will depend on your circumstances. You should report the changes to your local council and if you’re entitled to more they will inform you. 
    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.
  • xxclairexxxxclairexx Member Posts: 6 Listener
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