Page created: 21 April 2021
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit paid to people who have daily living and/or mobility needs, designed to help with the extra costs of living with a long-term illness or disability. On this page you can find out more about who can claim, how to claim and the decision-making process.
PIP can be paid regardless of your (or your partner's) income, savings, capital or National Insurance contribution record and is a tax-free benefit.
PIP is available to claimants aged between 16 and State Pension Age.
You can also get PIP even if you are working or studying.
There are two components under PIP:
- The Daily Living component: this helps to cover the extra costs that you may face if you need help doing everyday activities.
- The Mobility component: this helps to cover the additional costs that will arise if you have difficulties in getting around.
How much is PIP worth?
Each component can be paid at either the standard rate or enhanced rate. The rate that you receive depends on whether you can carry out activities under each component reliably or not.
You will need to score eight points to receive the standard rate or 12 points to receive the enhanced rate.
Daily Living component
- Standard rate - £59.70 per week.
- Enhanced rate - £89.15 per week.
- Standard rate - £23.60 per week
- Enhanced rate - £62.25 per week
*PIP is paid every four weeks.
There are ten activities under the Daily Living component and two activities under the Mobility component. Before deciding whether to make a new application for PIP, you should first consider the following:
Do you have a condition or a disability that leaves you having difficulties with the following activities?
- Preparing food.
- Taking nutrition.
- Managing therapies or taking medications.
- Washing and dressing.
- Toiletry issues.
- Communicating verbally.
- Reading and understanding signs and symbols.
- Engaging with people face to face (psychological).
- Making budgeting decisions.
- Planning and following journeys (psychological).
- Standing and then moving around.
It is important to remember that any of your conditions or disabilities will need to have been present for three months before your application and be expected to last for the next nine months.
What to Expect From an Assessment
You will have to have an assessment to complete your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application. It’s an opportunity for you to talk about how your condition affects you - it's not a diagnosis of your condition or a medical examination. Further information about what to expect from an assessment can be found here.