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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - how long will you get it for?

This advice applies to Scotland

If you meet the basic conditions for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a health professional will assess your claim. They will advise the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about how your disability or health condition affects you.

A DWP decision maker will look at this advice and all the other information that you have provided. They will then make a decision about whether you can get PIP, how much you will get and for how long. If you get it, this is called an award of PIP.

This page is about how long an award of PIP lasts, what happens while you're getting it and what you can do when it's coming to an end.

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If you're already getting PIP, you can make a new claim up to six months before your existing award ends.

How long does an award of PIP last?

Awards of PIP will normally be for a fixed period, unless it's very unlikely that your condition will ever change.

The DWP decision maker will base their decision on your level of ability to carry our certain activities and how much help you need with them. These are called the daily living activities and the mobility activities.

The decision maker will also look at the likelihood of your health condition or disability changing. This will affect how long you'll get PIP for. You'll be told the length of your award in your decision letter.

Shorter term awards

Shorter term awards will last up to two years. The DWP will make these awards where they expect a change in your ability to carry out the activities in the assessment.

Longer term awards

Longer term awards could last up to five or ten years. The DWP will make these awards when they consider changes in your condition are less likely but could still be possible.

Ongoing awards

Ongoing awards may be made in a small number of cases, where the DWP consider that a change in your condition is unlikely.

Will your award be reviewed before it ends?

The DWP may decide to review your award before it ends, to make sure that you’re getting the correct rate of PIP.

If they decide that a review is needed, this will normally happen 12 months before your fixed-term award comes to an end. This ensures that your award doesn’t run out before a new decision has been made.

However, they could decide to review your award at any time, regardless of the length of the award. They will also review your award if you report a change in circumstances that might affect your entitlement.

What happens when your award is reviewed?

When the DWP review your award, they will send you another copy of the ’How your disability affects you’ form to complete and refer you to an assessment provider. The assessment provider may ask you to attend a face-to-face assessment with a health professional.

When the DWP asks you for information about your disability or health condition, you must provide it within one month from the date of the request.

If there's a good reason why you won't be able to provide the information within one month you can ask the DWP to agree to an extension to the time limit.

However, if you fail to respond without a good reason within one month, your entitlement to PIP will end and payments will stop.

If your circumstances change

You must tell the DWP of any change in your health condition or disability that might affect how much PIP you're entitled to. You must do this whether or not they have reviewed your claim.

If you don't tell them of any changes, you could receive an overpayment. You will have to pay this back and you could be prosecuted for fraud.

What happens when your award is coming to an end?

If you want to continue getting PIP after your existing award ends, you'll need to make a new claim for it. The DWP will send you a reminder to do this 14 weeks before the end of your existing award, but you can make a new claim up to six months before your existing award ends.

It's important to claim as soon as you can if you want your payments to continue without a break. This is because it may take some time to complete the claiming and assessment process and to get a decision on your claim.

Next steps

Other useful information

  • DWP PIP fact sheet 'Decisions and payment' at
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