DWP PIP payments of £156 could be due to Britons who snore in their sleep – how to claim

BRITS who snore in their sleep could miss payments of £156 a week in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP payment could be a welcome boost for those struggling with the current cost of living crisis.

A lot of Brits snore in their sleep, but it could actually be a sign of sleep apnea. Figures show that more than 2,200 people across the UK are currently claiming PIP payments due to illness and other upper respiratory-related conditions.

Sleep Apnea NHS Symptoms

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much when breathing.

The NHS says symptoms of the disease usually occur while you are sleeping.

They understand:

  • stopping and restarting breathing
  • making gasping, snorting, or choking noises
  • wake up a lot
  • loud snoring

During the day, they may also include:

  • feel very tired
  • have trouble concentrating
  • have mood swings
  • having a headache when you wake up

How to claim the PIP

The PIP is a benefit which is gradually replacing the subsistence allowance for people with disabilities.

Payment is made every four weeks and up to 156 per week is available for people with specific health needs, conditions or disabilities.

Monthly payments can range from £97.80 to £627.60 each payment period.

To claim that you need to be assessed by a medical professional and that you have had difficulty moving around in the last three months, these difficulties would also have to continue for at least the next nine months.

To start your complaint you will need to call the PIP New Complaints Hotline on 0800 917 2222. You will then be given a form to complete and return and be aware that you may need an assessment if more information is required.

More information about applying for PIP can be found on the government website.

PIP tariffs 2022 to 2023

Eligibility is split into daily life and mobility with payments ranging from £24.45 to £156.90 per week.

The PIP is paid every four weeks, with eligible Britons receiving payments of between £97.80 and £627.60 each period.

Who is eligible for the PIP?

To be eligible for PIP you generally need to have lived in the UK for at least two of the last three years and be resident in the country at the time of applying for help.

To qualify, you must have a medical condition that has caused difficulty in daily living or getting around for three months and expect these difficulties to persist for at least nine months.

If you need help with daily tasks such as preparing or cooking food or getting around outside the home, you may consider asking for help.

Below is a list of the 24 conditions eligible for support through the PIP. Assessment assignment rates vary by disabling condition, and a PIP applicant’s primary disabling condition is recorded upon assessment.

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 / type unknown
  • Sarcoidosis

Disease of the pleura

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

Lung transplant

Heart and Lung Transplantation

Pulmonary embolism


For more information on the PIP and whether you might be eligible, go to the government website.

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