Asthma sufferers told to check if they’re owed £128 each week from government

Anyone suffering from asthma could be owed a lot of money from the government.

Brits with respiratory conditions might be entitled to £128 each week from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Data shows an increase in people receiving support for 24 types of respiratory conditions, Manchester Evening News reports.

Around 2.9million Brits were claiming help through Personal Independence Payments (PIP) at the end of January this year.

PIP is paid every four weeks so that amounts to between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.

This is a benefit which is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

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

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To be eligible for PIP, you must have a health condition or disability.

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

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

The benefit will be sent directly into your bank, building society or credit union account.

Payment rates for PIP increased by 3.1% on April 11.

Brits will be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help the DWP determine the level of financial support you need.

You must contact the DWP to make a claim for PIP.

Alternatively all the information you need to apply is found on the GOV.UK website.

You could be eligible for the support if you have the following diseases:

  • Diseases of the upper respiratory tract
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary infiltration
  • Disease of the pleura
  • Lung transplantation
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Pneumonia
  • Lower respiratory tract

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