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PIP payments

onyx12345 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
edited November 2022 in Cost of living
I had lung cancer , classed as dissabled due to the cancer .
Had half of my lung removed , this makes me more vulnerable to flu, pneumonia, chest infections etc .
I work and live only on my wages . No help financially ,I don't get extra help with heating costs , so am not using the heating . However someone classed as disabled with a dissability that is seen can get help even if they are not at extra risk from the cold , anyone know why this is , or if there's help I'm missing ?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,172 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 2022
    If you're named on an electric energy account then the Government are giving £66/67 per month energy rebate, this is paid to everyone named on an energy account regardless of their circumstances.
    The Cost of living payments that the Government paid in the last few months are for those claiming either certain means tested benefits or disability benefits such as PIP/DLA/AA etc, if you're not receiving any of those at certain dates you won't be entitled to the extra money.
    The reason is because they can't pay extra money to those not claiming the benefits because how would they know your personal circumstances.
    Whether you're entitled to PIP will totally depend on how your conditions affect you against the 12 PIP activities. You can see them here. https://pipinfo.net/ If you think you score enough of points needed for an award you can start a claim. https://www.gov.uk/pip/how-to-claim
    You may want to get some expert advice though before starting a claim just to check it's possible to score enough of points needed.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Autism_at_40
    Autism_at_40 Community member Posts: 721 Pioneering
    I think you should try to get PIP anyway.  When I read through the criteria, I never thought I'd get it.
    However, with the help from a charity. I got the enhanced rate, so it was definitely worth it!
    If you dont try, you'll never know.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
    Hello @onyx12345. You have done such a great job at reaching out to us and what a good question you have asked too.

    I can see @poppy123456 and @Autism_at_40 have already responded to your thread. I am not sure I have much to add to their responses!

    Do you feel their responses have answered your question and provided you with the support you were looking for?

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can provide any further clarification or support you further. We are all here for you and listening to you  :)
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