For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that can last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or “long COVID”.
Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. But for some people, symptoms can last longer and be severe and debilitating. If you have any health worries after suffering from Covid please visit https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
People may not be aware that Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term physical or mental health condition or disability.
The amount you get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. You’ll be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get.
You can get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) whether you’re working or not. You must be aged 16 or over and usually have not reached State Pension age to claim.
You must also have a physical or mental health condition or disability where you:
• have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for at least 3 months
• expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months
As the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic are realised individuals with ongoing, long term symptoms may be eligible to make a claim for PIP.
I also recognise that as a result of the pandemic, there are more people than ever at risk of losing their jobs through economic reasons or due to illness. I employ a member of staff, Amy Anderson who specialises in welfare benefits.
If you would like to discuss claiming PIP or access support with the PIP claims process or to talk through anything related to welfare benefits such as JSA or ESA please contact Amy directly on 07598 106 421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org you can also ring my office on 0191 2571927.