Personal Independence Payment (PIP) may help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability. To be eligible you must:
It is made up of two parts, you might qualify for one or both components.
Daily living component
You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like:
You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help going out or moving around.
PIP uses a points-based system to decide whether someone qualifies for the benefit, and if so, at what rate. You receive points depending on the level of difficulty you experience both in daily living and mobility
As well as having to complete a claim form and questionnaire, most people will be asked to attend a face to face assessment undertaken by an independent health care professional. This will not be your own GP but a health professional working on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.
There are special rules if you are not expected to live more than six months.
Call DWP to start your PIP claim and then send them form DS1500 (these are free and you can only get them from a doctor, specialist or consultant).
You will not need to complete the ‘How your condition affects you’ form or go to a face-to-face consultation.
Call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to start your PIP claim
Telephone: 0800 917 2222
Textphone: 0800 917 7777
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
You will then be sent a ‘How your condition affects you’ form. It comes with notes to help you fill it in. You can also read Citizens Advice's help on filling in the form.