Britons with diabetes could get up to £691 a month

Tens of thousands of Britons with diabetes may be able to get up to £691 a month through PIP. The benefit provides payment to help a person who lives with health condition or mental illness with their extra living costs.

Diabetes UK estimates almost 4.3 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes while some 850,000 people are thought to have the condition but have not been formally diagnosed.

Diabetes is one of the conditions that may qualify a person to receive PIP, or the devolved version of the benefit in Scotland, Adult Disability Payment, which is paid at the same rates.

To qualify, a person must have had the health condition or disability and have been affected in their daily life or in getting around, or both, for at least three months.

They must expect these difficulties to continue to affect them for at least another nine months.

How much PIP a person receives depends on how much support they need. PIP payments recently increased 10.1 percent along with many other benefits.

These are the new payment rates:

Daily living component

  • Standard rate: £68.10
  • Enhanced rate: £101.75

Mobility component

  • Standard rate: £26.90
  • Enhanced rate: £71.00.

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These are several main disability categories that could qualify a person to receive PIP, which together represent more than 500 conditions in total.

Below is a list of the main categories with the number of claimants:

  • Haematological Disease – 7,577
  • Infectious disease – 10,962
  • Malignant disease – 100,863
  • Metabolic disease – 4,782
  • Psychiatric disorders – 1,206,838
  • Neurological disease – 411,887
  • Visual disease – 57,180
  • Hearing disorders – 34,399
  • Cardiovascular disease – 83,568
  • Gastrointestinal disease – 29,036
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract -11,770
  • Skin disease – 21,375
  • Musculoskeletal disease (general) – 649,780
  • Musculoskeletal disease (regional) – 387,128
  • Autoimmune disease (connective tissue disorders) – 17,997
  • Genitourinary disease – 24,777
  • Endocrine disease – 43,288
  • Respiratory disease – 136,757
  • Multisystem and extremes of age – 1,235
  • Diseases of the immune system – 1,081
  • Unknown or missing – 10,547.

A person can put in a claim for PIP by filling in a form on the Government website. These are some of the details a person will need to provide when applying:

  • Contact details
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number – this is on letters about tax, pensions and benefits
  • Bank or building society account number and sort code
  • Doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
  • Dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent abroad, in a care home or hospital.

At the end of January 2023, there were some 3.25 million people across the country receiving support through PIP.

People in Scotland can apply for ADP using the Social Security Scotland website after registering for a myaccount.

Just over a third were receiving the highest level of award which is currently £691 a month.

People can check what other benefits they can claim using a benefits calculator. These tools can be found on several charity websites, such as the one on the Turn2us website.

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