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What is PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is extra money to help you with everyday life if you’ve an illness, disability or mental health condition.

You can get it 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.

Who qualifies for PIP?

To be eligible for PIP you must be aged between 16 and your State Pension age.

You must also: 

  • find it hard to do everyday tasks or get around because of a physical or mental condition – you can make a claim whether you get help from another person or not
  • have found these things hard for 3 months and expect it to continue for another 9 months
  • usually be living in England, Scotland or Wales when you apply
  • have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 years – unless you’re a refugee or an immediate family member of a refugee

There are exceptions to these rules if you’re terminally ill or in the armed forces.

How Do I Claim For PIP?

Making a claim for the benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can take a long time. It can often take up to 4 months from starting the application to getting your money (if you’re terminally ill your claim will be processed more quickly).

There are 3 stages to your claim:

  1. Start your claim by calling the DWP
  2. Fill in the claim form they send you
  3. Go to a face-to-face assessment – most people have to do this (but you won’t if you’re terminally ill)

It can take up to 2 weeks for the DWP to send you a PIP claim form.

How Can I Get Help Filling My PIP Form In?

If you’re having problems and need help filling in the form, you can contact Citizens Advice IOW

They can help you fill in the form and give you advice on:

  • what the questions mean and what they’re asking for

  • what sort of things you can say on the form and what you can leave out

  • what to do if you find it difficult to fill in the form because of your disability or health condition

Other Helpful Links:

Citizens Advice: Personal Independence Payment

AGE UK: Personal Independence Payment & Disability Living Allowance

Citizens Advice (IOW)

Adviceline: 0800 144 88 48 (free)

Textphone: 18001 0800 144 8884

*Adviceline is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday