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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.

You could get between £21.80 and £139.75 a week.

The rate depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.

You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
0800 917 2222
Textphone: 0800 917 7777
Website
https://www.gov.uk/.../overview

Other details

Availability

Referral details

Eligibility

To qualify for PIP, you must:

  • be aged 16 to 64
  • have a long-term health condition or disability and difficulties with activities related to ‘daily living’ and or mobility
  • be in Great Britain when you claim - there are some exceptions, eg members and family members of the Armed Forces
  • have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
  • not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)


There are some exceptions to these conditions if you’re living or coming from another EEA country or Switzerland.

You can get PIP whether you’re in work or not.

Your disability or health condition

You must have a long-term health condition or disability and have difficulties with activities related to ‘daily living’ and or mobility.

You must have had these difficulties for 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months. If you’re terminally ill (ie not expected to live more than 6 months), you don’t need to have had these difficulties for 3 months.

Daily living difficulties

You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like:

  • preparing or eating food
  • washing, bathing and using the toilet
  • dressing and undressing
  • reading and communicating
  • managing your medicines or treatments
  • making decisions about money
  • engaging with other people

Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help with going out or moving around.

Assessments

Your claim will be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help DWP work out the level of help you need. This may be a face-to-face consultation - you’ll get a letter explaining why and where you must go.

DWP makes the decision about your claim based on the results of the assessment, your application and any supporting evidence you include.

Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support. Tell DWP straight away if there’s a change in how your condition affects you.

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