PIP claim: Britons who snore could get up to £156 a week – are you eligible | Personal Finance | Finance
Although snoring is very common, and can be just a harmless act, there are some cases where it may point to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when one’s airways become temporarily blocked as they sleep, meaning they could stop breathing.
People with sleep apnea could be eligible to receive this cash boost via Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
PIP is a benefit paid to people with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities.
Sleep apnea is linked to obesity, having a large neck, getting older, other family members having the condition, smoking, alcohol, having large tonsils and sleeping on your back.
Symptoms mainly happen while someone is sleeping but it can see individuals stop breathing, waking up a lot, making choking noises or loud snoring.
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More information about the condition can be found on the NHS website.
According to KentLive, there are currently 2,217 people across the UK claiming support through PIP for sleep apnoea and conditions of the upper respiratory tract.
Around three million Britons receive PIP which can get them up to £156 a week. However many more may not realise they qualify for the cash.
To be eligible, individuals must have a health condition or disability where they:
- Have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months
- Expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months
The amount someone can receive from the DWP depends on the condition they are living with and how severe it is.
A number of so-called “hidden health conditions” make people eligible for the money including anxiety, depression, diabetes and hearing loss – as well as snoring, or sleep apnea.
PIP is paid every four weeks. This amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.
How much PIP someone gets depends on how difficult they find:
- Everyday activities (‘daily living’ tasks)
- Getting around (‘mobility’ tasks)
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When calling to start a new claim, Britons will need the following information.
You’ll need to give the following information:
- Your contact details, for example telephone number
- Your date of birth
- Your National Insurance number, if you have one (you can find this on letters about tax, pensions and benefits)
- Your bank or building society account number and sort code
- Your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
- Dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent in a care home or hospital
- Dates for any time you spent abroad for more than four weeks at a time, and the countries you visited
As the cost of living crisis continues, many Britons are urged to check what benefits they may be entitled to or what help is available.
Any extra cash should be vital for families on low incomes.
More than £8,000 a year is available in state benefits to people who have certain health conditions.
If people qualify for PIP, they’ll also get the £150 cost of living payment.