3. Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 16 to 64
  • have a long-term health condition or disability and difficulties with ‘daily living’ or getting around
  • be in Great Britain when you claim - there are some exceptions, for example members and family members of the Armed Forces
  • have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
  • not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)

You might get PIP if you’re living in or coming from another EEA country or Switzerland.

You can get PIP whether you’re in work or not.

Your disability or health condition

You must have a long-term health condition or disability and face difficulties with ‘daily living’ or getting around.

You must have had these difficulties for 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months, unless you’re terminally ill (you don’t expect to live more than 6 months).

Daily living difficulties

You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like:

  • preparing or eating food

  • washing, bathing and using the toilet

  • dressing and undressing

  • reading and communicating

  • managing your medicines or treatments

  • making decisions about money

  • engaging with other people

Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help going out or moving around.

How you’re assessed

Your claim will be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help DWP work out the level of help you need. This may be a face-to-face consultation - you’ll get a letter explaining why and where you must go.

You’ll be given a score based on how much help you need. The more help you need, the higher the score you’ll get.

DWP makes the decision about your claim based on the results of the assessment, your application and any supporting evidence you include.

Your decision

You’ll usually get a decision 3 weeks after your assessment.

You can appeal if you’re unhappy with the decision.

Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support. Tell DWP straight away if there’s a change in how your condition affects you.