Asthmatics could be liable for up to £152 a week from the government.

Those with breathing issues that affect their daily lives are being encouraged to look into Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), Chronicle Live reports. The PIP is paid every four weeks and can amount to between £97.80 and £627.60 per payment period.

Recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that almost 2.9 million people across the UK were applying for help through the PIP at the end of January 2022. These data also revealed that slightly more one in three applicants (35%) received the highest level of reward.

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The new data also indicates an increase in the number of people currently receiving assistance for 24 types of respiratory diseases, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia.

the Manchester Evening News also reports that January saw the total number of UK-wide claimants for these types of conditions rise to 128,316, an increase of 1,661 from the end of October (126,655).

UK distribution of PIP claimants with respiratory problems

  • Scotland: 16,549
  • England: 103,210
  • Wales: 8,561

Here is the list of 24 respiratory conditions supported by PIP to help with daily living, mobility needs or a combination of the two components. Assessment assignment rates vary by disabling condition, and a PIP applicant’s primary disabling condition is recorded at their evaluation in more than 99% of cases, reports the DWP.

Upper respiratory diseases

  • Sleep apnea – obstructive
  • Upper respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type unknown

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema


Cystic fibrosis


Pulmonary fibrosis

  • Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis – Other / unknown type


  • Asbestosis
  • Pneumoconiosis – charcoal burners
  • Pneumoconiosis – Other / unknown type
  • Silicosis

Granulomatous pneumonitis and pulmonary infiltration

  • Granulomatous pneumonia and pulmonary infiltration – Other / unknown type
  • Sarcoidosis

Disease of the pleura

  • Empyema
  • Pleura – Other diseases of/unknown type
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax

Lung transplant

Heart and Lung Transplantation

Pulmonary embolism


Lower respiratory tract – Other diseases of / type unknown

If you are over 16 and under state retirement age, you may be able to apply for PIP to help with a respiratory condition, and if your ability to work is limited in because of your symptoms, you may be eligible for a ‘new style’ Employment and Support Benefit. (ESA).

What is PIP?

The PIP is a benefit that is gradually replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

If you need extra help because of an illness, disability, or mental health issue, you may be eligible for PIP.

You will be assessed by a medical professional to determine the level of help you can get and your rate will be reviewed to ensure you are getting the right support.

Who is eligible for the PIP?

To be eligible for PIP, you must have a medical condition or disability in which you:

You usually need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the past three years and be in the country when you apply.

In addition to what we’ve described above, if you get or need help with any of the following because of your condition, you should consider applying for PIP – or Adult Disabled Payment , depending on where you live.

  • prepare, cook or eat food
  • managing your medications
  • wash, bathe or go to the toilet
  • dressing and undressing
  • engage and communicate with other people
  • read and understand written information
  • make decisions about money
  • plan a trip or follow an itinerary
  • move outside the house

There are different rules if you are terminally ill, you can find them on the GOV.UK website here.

The DWP will assess how difficult you find the tasks of daily living and mobility. For each task, they will examine:

  • if you can do it safely
  • how long does it take you
  • how often your condition affects this activity
  • if you need help to do so, from a person or by using additional equipment

How is the PIP paid?

The PIP is usually paid every four weeks, unless you are terminally ill, in which case it is paid weekly.

The PIP will be paid directly into your bank, building society or credit union account.

The disabled adult payment will be paid at the same rates as the PIP.

What are the PIP payout rates?

You will need an assessment to determine the level of financial assistance you will receive and your rate will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are getting the right support.

Payment rates increased by 3.1% on April 11.

The PIP is made up of two components:

Whether you get one or both and how much depends on the severity of your condition affecting you.

You will be paid the following amounts per week depending on your situation:

Daily life

  • Standard rate: £61.85

  • Premium rate: £92.40


  • Standard rate: £24.45

  • Premium rate: £64.50

How you are rated

You will be assessed by an independent medical professional to help the DWP determine what level of financial support you need, if any.

Face-to-face consultations for health-related benefits are offered alongside video calls, telephone and paper-based assessments – it is important to be aware that there is no choice here, it is at healthcare professional and the DWP to decide.

Disability Payment assessments for adults will not involve in-person assessments unless preferred by the applicant – learn more about the changes here.

You can read more about DWP PIP Ratings here.

How to apply for PIP?

You can make a new request by contacting the DWP, you will find all the information necessary to make your request on the GOV.UK website here.

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