How much PIP you can get and for how long
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 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||£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.
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
You’ll probably get PIP for a fixed amount of time – your decision letter will tell you for how long. If you’re terminally ill the award will be for 3 years. The DWP sometimes award PIP with no end date – this is called an ‘indefinite award’.
If your PIP is due to end after more than 2 years, the DWP will review your award before it ends and might decide to renew it.
If your PIP is due to end after 2 years or less, the DWP won’t review your award. If you want to keep getting PIP after your award ends, you’ll need to make a new claim.
Coronavirus - if your PIP is ending soon
The DWP should move the end date back 6 months. For example, if your PIP was due to end in June, it would now end in December instead. The DWP should write to you to tell you the end date has changed.
If you haven’t got a letter from the DWP saying they’ve moved the end date back, check by contacting the PIP enquiry line.
If the DWP won’t move the end date back and you think you should keep getting PIP, contact the PIP enquiry line to make a new claim.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) enquiry line
Telephone: 0800 121 4433
Textphone: 0800 121 4493
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Calls are free from mobiles and landlines.
If the DWP reviews your PIP award
The DWP usually review your PIP award about a year before it’s due to end - but they can choose to review the award at any time.
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 gov.uk, including what to do if you don’t have a bank account or can’t open one.