How much PIP you can get and for how long
The Department for Communities (DfC) makes the decision about the amount of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) you get and for how long. It’s not possible to say exactly what you’ll get before you apply because the PIP case manager bases the amount you get on your application, and the length of your award on the likelihood of your condition changing.
However, if you have a terminal illness you’ll get at least £85.60 a week, which will last for 3 years.
PIP is made up of 2 components (parts) called daily living and mobility, and each can be paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.
|Daily living - standard rate||£57.30|
|Daily living - enhanced rate||£85.60|
|Mobility - standard rate||£22.65|
|Mobility - enhanced rate||£59.75|
If you have a terminal illness, you will automatically get the daily living enhanced rate. The mobility rate you get (if at all) will depend on the level of help you need with mobility.
The daily living rate is for the extra help you need with everyday tasks. This can include preparing food, washing, getting dressed or communicating with other people.
The mobility rate is for the extra help you need getting around. This can include moving, planning a journey or following a route.
You won’t be taxed on the PIP you get and if you or any dependants who live with you get PIP, you won’t be affected by the Benefit Cap.
How long you get PIP for
Your decision letter will tell you how long you’ll get PIP for. It's usually for a fixed period of time although there are ‘ongoing’ awards. If you’re terminally ill the award is for 3 years.
If your PIP award is for 2 years or less, the DfC should write to you 14 weeks (roughly 3 months) before your award is due to end, reminding you to make a new claim. If your award is for more than 2 years, the DfC will send you out a PIP renewal form one year before your award is due to end. You have 4 weeks to return it.
It may take the DfC some time to process a new claim so it’s a good idea to make your new claim before your old one ends. This will prevent any break in your PIP payments while you wait for a decision on your new claim.
PIP claims can be reviewed at any time. If the DfC writes to you saying your PIP will be reviewed, you must send them the information they need within a month of the date of their letter. If you don’t, your PIP may stop. You could ask for an extension if you have a good reason.
How often PIP is paid
PIP is paid every 4 weeks in arrears, but if you have a terminal illness it’s paid every week in advance.
You can find out more about how benefits are paid and the type of accounts they can be paid into on nidirect.gov.uk including what to do if you don’t have a bank account or can’t open one.
You can find more information about PIP on the government website at www.nidirect.gov.uk.