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Personal Independence Payment - PIP - Can I get PIP?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is money for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability. PIP is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 or over, but under state pension age.

Can I get PIP?

You may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you have daily living and/or mobility needs.

Unless you are terminally ill or you are transferring onto PIP from Disability Living Allowance (DLA), your needs must:

  • Have lasted for the past 3 months, and
  • Be expected to continue for the next 9 months

Daily living needs

You may have daily living needs if you need help doing these things to look after yourself:

  • Make food or cook
  • Eat and drink
  • Take your medication
  • Do your treatment
  • Wash and bathe
  • Go to toilet
  • Dress and undress
  • Speak
  • Read and understand
  • Socialise
  • Handle money

Mobility needs

You may have mobility needs if you need help to get around outside your home independently.

For example you may count as having mobility needs if you need help to plan and follow a journey because of a learning difficulty, a mental health issue or a sensory impairment.

You may count as having mobility needs if you need help moving around because of a physical problem.

What help counts

You count as needing help to do an activity if you need a person or a thing to:

  • Do it for you
  • Do it with you
  • Remind you to do it
  • Watch you do it to keep you safe

You may count as needing help if you need help but do not actually get it.  For example, if you do an activity yourself but:

  • It isn’t safe
  • You can’t do it well enough
  • You can’t do it often enough
  • It takes you a long time

Find out if you qualify

To qualify for PIP, you have to score enough points on the PIP test for daily-living or mobility (or both). For more about when points are given, check out our Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Test guide.


Updated May 2017

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