Millions of Brits on disability benefits are set to receive an increase in their Personal Independence Payment from next Spring. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt recently announced that benefits would increase in line with the 10.1% inflation rate in 2023.
Those who claim disability payments from the Department of Work and Pensions could see their payments go up to between £107.80 and £691.20, from next April.
Currently, claimants can receive between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period, yet due to the planned increase, these payments could go up by £63.60 per month.
People in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Adult Disability Payment (ADP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Child Disability Payment will all be affected. If they get the maximum amount, claimants can expect payments to rise from £156.90 a week to £172.75 a week, the Express reports.
PIP claimants will also be among the six million people to receive the new £150 disability cost of living payment in 2023-24. The payment will be tax-free and not affect any other existing benefit claims.
The DWP will release further details on the eligibility and timing £150 payment in due course. Yet it has been confirmed that the payment will be sent to people on the following benefits:
- Personal Independence Payment
- Adult Disability Payment
- Child Disability Payment
- Attendance Allowance.
The CEO of Disability Rights UK, Kamran Mallick, has questioned whether this increase will be enough to support disabled people. He said: “The Government is committing to investment in public services and to increase social care and education funding.
“But it’s not clear that those increases will do anything other than leaving us running to stand still.
“We do not think they will be anywhere near enough to benefit the huge numbers of Disabled children and adults currently being denied services.”