Typically paid to eligible applicants aged between 16 and 65 years old, Personal Independence Payment, otherwise known as PIP is designed to assist with the costs associated with long-term illness or disability.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) payment rates
The amount of PIP you may receive depends upon your personal circumstances and the way in which your disability/illness condition effects you.
Current Payment Independence Payment amounts range from £21.55 up to £138.05 per week.
Eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
As you would expect there are specific criteria which must be met if a successful PIP claim is to be made. For your convenience we have listed the main areas which should typically be adhered to:
- Applicants must be aged between 16 and 65 years old
- Daily living and/or mobility must be effected by a long-term health condition or disability
- You must have lived in the UK for at least 2-3 years
- You must (unless in the Armed Forces) be residing in Britain
- Applicants must not be the subject of immigration control
- Applicants must have experienced their illness/disability for at least 3 months with symptoms expected to last 6 months or more (If diagnosed with a terminal illness expected to last no more than 6 months, the 3-month rule is not applicable)
- It is important to note that those coming to the UK from certain EEU countries or Switzerland may encounter different criteria
What is meant by ‘daily living difficulties’?
Those experiencing the following living difficulties may qualify for Personal Independence Payment, however it is imperative to understand that each case is assessed individually.
Daily difficulties include:
- eating or preparing food
- using the toilet, washing & bathing
- getting dressed/undressed
- communicating (including reading)
- medicine/treatment management
- making decisions regarding money
- engaging socially
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Assessment
An evaluation of your circumstances is required before any final PIP decisions can be made, such an assessment is typically carried out by the DWP. Assessments are often conducted on a one-to-one basis between yourself and a healthcare professional. This will enable the DWP to gain a full picture of the support you might need and possibly be eligible for.
All applicants usually receive written notification of when and where their DWP assessment will take place.
Commonly asked questions
Can I work and claim PIP?
In certain circumstances you can work and claim PIP, depending on the situation.
Is it possible to apply for PIP using existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) forms?
No – all applications must be completed using current Personal Independence Payment forms.
Is it possible to obtain mobility assistance?
Applicants in need of help going out or moving around may be eligible for mobility support.
Applying for PIP
There are two main ways in which to claim Personal Independence Payment, these are:
Claiming Personal Independence Payment by phone
DWP Personal Independence Payment helplines are available from 8am until 6pm on a Monday to Friday – advisers are on hand to answer any PIP queries, taking you through the application process step-by-step.
Please note, if a representative is calling on your behalf, you must be present during the telephone consultation.
Claiming Personal Independence Payment by post
Relevant forms can be requested via the following address:
Personal Independence Payment New Claims
Post Handling Site B