What is PIP and can I claim?


PIP stands for personal independence payment, its there to help you financially if you meet specific criteria and qualify for it. It can be a great help for those living with disabilities or mental health conditions.

You may qualify for PIP even if you receive other benefits. Your savings and employment status does not affect your ability to claim PIP.

Am I eligible for PIP?

You could be eligible to claim PIP if you have been diagnosed or are currently being treated for a mental illness, however if you haven’t been diagnosed it does not stop you applying as each claim is treated as a personal circumstance, so you may still be eligible without current treatment.

Important note: Claims for PIP are only considered if you expect your circumstances to continue for at least 9 months after you submit your claim.

Claiming PIP if your terminally ill?

If your terminally ill and have been diagnosed by a medical professional or a doctor you’ll automatically be eligible for PIP. Terminally ill claims are treated as priority and your claim is processed more quickly.

What are the PIP rates 2020?

Dependant on your eligibility there are two elements of PIP, they are calculated in lower and higher elements. Here are the rates for PIP:

Daily living allowance

Lower element: £59.70 per week

Higher element: £89.15 per week

Mobility allowance

Lower element: £23.60 per week

Higher element £62.25 per week

How often are you paid PIP?

PIP is paid every 4 weeks; your payment date usually reflects when you made your initially claim. If your payment date falls on a bank holiday or weekend your usually paid prior to that date.