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
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.
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.