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How much PIP you can get and for how long

This advice applies to Scotland

The DWP 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 DWP 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 £89.15 a week, which will last for 3 years.

PIP rates

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.

Component                                                Weekly rate
Daily living - standard rate                      £59.70
Daily living - enhanced rate                      £89.15
Mobility - standard rate                      £23.60
Mobility - enhanced rate                      £62.25

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.

Find out how the DWP decides which rate of PIP you can get.

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.

You can keep getting PIP after the fixed period of your award if either:

  • the DWP reviews your existing PIP award and decides to renew it

  • you make a new claim

If the DWP reviews your PIP award

The DWP usually reviews your PIP award about a year before it’s due to end - but they can choose to review the award at any time and they might not review it at all. 

When you reach State Pension age, the DWP will only review your award every 10 years. 

The DWP will write to you and ask you to fill in a PIP review form, which is a bit like a shorter version of the PIP claim form.

You should report any changes that could affect your PIP straight away. Don't wait until you get a review form - you could get an overpayment which you have to pay back, or you might miss out on extra money if your condition has got worse.

Making a new claim

The DWP usually writes to you roughly 3 months before your award is due to end, reminding you to make a new claim.

It can take the DWP a long time to process a new claim so it’s a good idea to make your new claim before your old one ends. You can do this up to 6 months before your old one ends. This will also help prevent any break in your PIP payments while you wait for a decision on your new claim.

How often PIP is paid

PIP is paid every 4 weeks, but if you have a terminal illness it’s paid every week.

You can find out more about how benefits are paid and the type of accounts they can be paid into on, including what to do if you don’t have a bank account or can’t open one.

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