The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is set to give a financial boost to thousands with the introduction of new Personal Independence Payments (PIP) rates this month. This marks the start of the new financial year, with hundreds of thousands of PIP claimants set to benefit.

Every April benefits such as these are adjusted in line with inflation, meaning recipients will see an increase in their payments. Depending on individual circumstances, PIP can provide up to £184 per week. It's designed to assist those who struggle with daily tasks due to health conditions.

In most instances, before being approved for PIP, applicants must undergo an assessment. Their case may then be reviewed after a certain period to determine if they still require the additional support, reports Birmingham Live.

PIP is divided into two components - the daily living component and the mobility component. As suggested by their names, these are intended for individuals who find it challenging to perform daily tasks or move around without assistance. Claimants can fall into either or both of these categories, with a higher and lower rate available for each depending on the severity of the individual's condition.

The revised rates are:

Daily living component

  • Lower rate - £68.10 a week, rising to £72.65 a week from April
  • Higher rate - £101.75 a week, rising to £108.55 from April

For the mobility component

  • Lower rate - £26.90 a week, rising to £28.70 from April
  • Higher rate - £71 a week, rising to £75.75 from April

After 220,000 individuals had their payments halted by the DWP between 2019 and 2024 following an evaluation of their situation, it has also confirmed it will be examining more cases after some assessments were put on hold due to heavy workloads.