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The mystery of the possibly hundreds of thousands of missing Long Covid PIP claimants is growing as both the Office for National Statistics and the DWP publish their latest statistics.

Back in November we published an article looking at how tens of thousands are missing out on PIP for Long Covid and exploring some of the possible reasons for this.

The latest figures show that the gap between the number of people who may be eligible for PIP for Long Covid and the number who are actually making a claim has grown even larger.

The new figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate that 506,000 people have now had Long Covid for over a year, up from 426,000 in November.

247,000 say that their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot” as a result of Long Covid, up from 233,000 in November.

Yet the latest DWP statistics on Stat-Xplore record just 480 claims in total where Long Covid is the main disabling condition, up from 143 three months earlier.

The success rate has fallen from 76%, but is still high, at almost 60%.

And a quarter of those who were successful got the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility components.

So, it remains the case that PIP claims for Long Covid have a better than average chance of success, but hundreds of thousands of people who could be making a claim are seemingly not doing so.

You can read the latest ONS data here.


#3 DianaW 2022-01-12 18:39
PS If this retired litigation solicitor, who's had Covid-19 twice since March 2020, each time with symptoms that persisted for many months - and which left me prone to catching any and all other infections for even longer, months after being double-jabbed for Covid-19 itself - can't bear to try making such a claim, who would B&W seriously expect to do so?
#2 DianaW 2022-01-12 18:37
That's hardly surprising, given the nature of 'long Covid'. Sufferers won't have the strength or resources to attempt a claim unless effectively forced into it by being required to complete claim forms. So those on benefits who have to prove themselves unfit for work may get the forms - but be unable to manage them - while those not yet in the benefits system mostly won't be able to cope with embarking on making a new claim.
The notorious 'brain fog' alone makes it impossible to tackle anything resembling arguments, let alone yet more huge and distressing DWP claim forms.
#1 sleepy 2022-01-12 11:58
I have had CFS/ME for decades. I can understand why people with Long Covid, which has many similarities, might not be applying for PIP. I can do many types of activity for a very small proportion of the day, but not 'reliably or repeatedly'. For many years I didn't consider this to be the same as having a more fixed disability such as a missing limb. I only applied for DLA after being persuaded of my entitlement by a friend. It has been a gruelling process getting it and retaining it - and later PIP - but I'm so glad that I did because it enables me to leave the house occasionally and to ease some of the problems of living with a chronic condition. Society finds it hard to understand something that is invisible and variable but extremely debilitating, and so perhaps people with Long Covid and their carers also find it hard to understand that they may qualify for disability benefits, or know how to apply for them. I agree that it would be helpful to publicise this.

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