How to claim PIP if you have a terminal illness
If you have a terminal illness and you’re aged 16 to 64, you should get Personal Independence Payment (PIP). There’s less form filling and the Department for Communities (DfC) will fast-track your application so you won’t have to go to a face to face consultation and you should get your first payment within 2 weeks of applying.
Eligibility rules if you have a terminal illness
To get PIP:
- you need to be aged 16 to 64
- usually be living in Northern Ireland when you apply
- your doctors must expect your life expectancy to be 6 months or less
There are extra rules you need to meet if you’re not a UK citizen.
How to claim
To make your claim, call the PIP claim line and organise for your doctor or consultant to send the DfC a medical form called a DS1500.
You won’t need to have a health assessment or complete the PIP claim form describing how your condition affects you.
You'll be entitled to the enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP straight away. You don't have to wait for the three months qualifying period to end.
You won't automatically get the mobility component of PIP. So make sure you tell the DfC if you have problems most of the time when moving around or going out. For example, tell them how far and how fast you can walk before these problems start.
You should tell the DfC if:
- you can't walk without pain, breathlessness or help
- you need a wheelchair, a walking stick or other aid
- stress and anxiety make it difficult for you to go out
You can find out about what the DfC wants to know about problems with:
Someone else can claim on behalf of a person who is terminally ill. For example, because the person doesn’t know that they have a terminal illness. If you do this, let the person know that the claim for PIP is being made, even if they don’t know it is because they’re terminally ill.
PIP claim line
Personal Independence Payment claim line
Telephone: 0800 012 1573
Textphone: 0800 012 1574
Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Calls are free from landlines and from mobiles
Information you need before you call
It should take less than 20 minutes to complete the call. You'll need to provide the following information:
- your full name, address and phone number
- your national insurance number
- your date of birth
- your preferred method of contact – letter or phone
- your bank or building society account details
- your nationality or immigration status
- contact details of your GP or other health professionals you deal with. If you see more than one person, give details of both.
- if you’ve stayed in a hospital or other type of residential care, the dates and details
- if you’ve been abroad for more than 4 weeks in the last 3 years (the dates and reason)
- if you’ve had Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - they may not need to see the DS1500 if you’ve sent this for your ESA claim
When you call, the adviser will ask you some questions about how difficult you find it to get around. For example, your ability to follow a route, and whether you need help to get to where you’re going. This is to see whether you can get an extra amount of PIP to help you with your mobility needs.
Getting your DS1500 medical report
You’ll need to send the DfC a medical report called a DS1500. This can only be completed by your doctor or consultant. You don’t have to pay for it. To save time you can ask them to fax the DS1500 to the DfC on 028 7772 6041. You cannot email the DfC.
Don’t delay your claim by waiting for the completed DS1500 report. Make your claim as soon as possible and send the DS1500 report later. If you’ve used a DS1500 for an ESA claim then tell the DfC because they may not need to see another DS1500.
Address to send the DS1500 report
PO Box 42
You can find more information about PIP on the government website at www.nidirect.gov.uk