Personal Independence Payment: What You Need to Know

If you have a disability, illness, or limited mobility, there are several benefits that you might be entitled to as a resident of the UK.


We know how big a difference your benefits can make to your daily life, so below we’ve explained everything you need to know about Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how to claim it.

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What are Personal Independence Payments (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment is a welfare benefit available to people with a long-term illness or disability and aged between 16 and 64 years old. It is payable to anyone eligible regardless of income, savings, or National Insurance contributions.


If you are a carer with care needs, you are also able to claim for PIP without your carers allowance being affected.


Similarly, if you have a carer, claiming for PIP may actually help their claim for carers allowance, and can help both of you to claim for help with your council tax.

Who is Eligible to Claim PIP?

The following requirements must be met in order for you to be eligible to receive Personal Independence Payments:

  • Be aged between 16 – 64 years old.
  • You will need to satisfy the daily living and/or mobility activities test.
  • These tests must have been satisfied for at least three months and be likely to continue to do so for at least 9 months following.
  • You must have no immigration conditions attached to your stay in the UK
  • You must meet residence and presence conditions

If you are aged 65 or over, you will not be able to claim PIP if you have not already claimed it. Instead, you can claim Attendance Allowance. If you already receive PIP, you will continue to after turning 65.

How Much Will You Receive with PIP?

PIP has two different components:

  • A mobility component
  • A daily living component

These components are paid at either standard or enhanced rates. This is dependent on how severely limited you are in your ability to carry out daily living and mobility activities due to your physical or mental condition.
The current 2017/18 rates are:
Standard Enhanced
Daily Living Component: £55.65 £83.10
Mobility Component £22 £58

How to Make a Claim

To make an initial claim for PIP, you will need to call the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 917 2222.
During this phone call, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • National Insurance number
  • Bank or Building Society details
  • GP details
  • Information about any recent hospital stays, care homes or hospices
  • Any time that you have spent out of the country
  • Your nationality and immigration status

Other articles that may be applicable to you include our guide to carer’s allowance, respite for carers, and finding out what other support you’re entitled to as a carer.

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