Hello FibroAction Members,
PIP waiting times continue to grow according to Benefits & Work eNewsletter. I often get asked or see people discussing waiting times here on the community, so thought this information may help answer questions about delays in claiming PIP.
The waiting list for PIP assessments is continuing to grow, according to statistics released by the DWP, in spite of claims by ministers that the problem would be fixed by the Autumn.
Up to the end of July this year 529,000 claims for PIP had been lodged and 206,000 had been cleared, suggesting that there was still a backlog of 323,000 claims. At current clearance rates this means an average wait of around35 weeks (Benefits & Work 2014)
I know many of you may be struggling financially as you wait for your decision. If you need financial advice or help due to any poverty issues please see some organisations which may help under the title Resources below
Here is some information about help for people of low income including Short Term Benefit Advance (STBA) please see below;
You may be able to get an advance payment of benefit to help with living expenses while you are waiting for a payment of benefit. This is known as a Short Term Benefit Advance (STBA).
You can only get a Short Term Benefit Advance if you’ve claimed a benefit, or an increase in the amount of a benefit you’re already getting, but you haven’t yet received the first payment.
To get an advance you’ll need to show that you or your family are in financial hardship.
If you’re waiting for a decision on a benefit claim you’ll only get an advance if it seems likely that you’re entitled to the benefit (CAB)
For more info please see link;
Don't forget we can email you Benefit guides for free, please use firstname.lastname@example.org
If you problems are becoming a dire situation please contact your local council and here are some other helpful links below;
If you find any other reputable resources please do mention in the comments.