Personal Independence Payment is for those who need help with everyday tasks and mobility activities. PIP is extra money to help you with everyday life if you have an illness, disability or mental health condition.
You can get PIP on top of Employment and Support Allowance or other benefits.
Your income, savings, and whether you’re working or not don’t affect your eligibility.
In order to get PIP, you will need to have an assessment which is an opportunity to explain how your condition affects you.
Currently, all face-to-face appointments are cancelled due to coronavirus, so any assessment you may have will take place over the phone for the foreseeable future.
What are PIP points?
When you put in a claim for PIP, a health professional will assess your ability to carry out a range of daily activities that are essential for getting by in everyday life.
This health professional will write a report for the Department of Work and Pensions, and they will make a decision on whether you are entitled to PIP, how much, and for how long.
Your ability to carry out each activity is measured against a list of standard statements describing what you can and can’t do, which are known as descriptors.
If you get between eight and 11 points in total, you’ll get the daily living component of PIP at the standard rate.
If you get at least 12 points, you will get the mobility component at the enhanced rate.
Both of these can be paid at either the standard or the enhanced rate.
From April 2020, the daily living rate is paid at £59.70, and enhanced at £89.15 per week.
The mobility rate is paid at £23.60, and the enhanced at £62.25 per week.