Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people aged between 16 & 64. It is designed to help people who may need help with general daily activities due to a disability or long-term illness.
The benefit is split into different components, and dependant on how difficult it is for you to get around you may be able to claim for one or both components.
- Daily Living Part – weekly rate of either £55.65 or £83.10
- Mobility part – weekly rate of either £22 or £58
To find out if you are entitled to PIP you need to call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). When calling make sure you have the following information:
- Your Contact details
- Your date of birth
- Your National Insurance Number
- Your bank/building society account details
- Your doctor/health worker’s contact details
- The dates and addresses for any time you have spent in a care home, in hospital or abroad
The contact numbers for the DWP PIP claim line are:
- Telephone – 0800 917 2222
- Textphone – 0800 917 7777
- If calling from abroad - +44 191 218 7766
The lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
You will then be sent a form to complete, once complete please return to the DWP address on the form. You will then either be invited to a meeting or your care/health worker will be asked for information. Tests may be carried out to evaluate how your condition affects your daily life. You will then receive a letter advising if you are entitled to receive the PIP benefit and how much you will get.