Daily living component
This is paid at one of two different weekly rates depending on your daily living needs:
This is paid at one of two different weekly rates, depending on how difficult it is for you to get around:
If you receive PIP, you also qualify for a Christmas Bonus each year. This is usually £10. You do not need to make a claim for the bonus it is paid automatically. It does not affect any other benefits you might get.
If you or your partner receives Personal Independence Payment, you will be exempt from the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age households can receive. See our Benefit Cap information guide for more details.
How will I be paid Personal Independence Payment?
Personal Independence Payment will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.
Personal Independence Payment is usually paid every four weeks.
Awards of Personal Independence Payment are normally made for a fixed period - one, two or five years. The length of the award depends on how likely your needs are to change over time.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may decide to review your award before it ends to make sure that you’re getting the correct rate of Personal Independence Payment.
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.
If you think that the amount of Personal Independence Payment you are getting should have been awarded for a longer period you can ask for the decision about the length of your award to be looked at again.
If you go into hospital
If you are aged 18 or over, you are not paid Personal Independence Payment after you have been a patient in hospital for 28 days. Entitlement continues even though payment ends therefore payment can begin again after your discharge from hospital. This rule does not apply to 16-17 year olds, who can continue to receive Personal Independence Payment after 28 days.
Personal Independence Payment and other benefits
If you start to get Personal Independence Payment, it might increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to.
Personal Independence Payment is normally ignored as income for working out entitlement to other benefits.
If you get either rate of the Personal Independence Payment daily living component someone who cares for you might qualify for Carer’s Allowance.
Help to buy or lease a car (Motability)
There is a scheme called Motability available if you are getting the enhanced rate mobility part of Personal Independence Payment or war pensioner’s mobility supplement.
If you qualify this helps you to buy a car on hire purchase or lease one as the hire purchase or lease payments are covered by the Personal Independence Payment enhanced rate mobility component which is usually paid direct to Motability.
A contract hire scheme for powered wheelchairs or scooters is also offered through Motability.
You usually have to pay a deposit but might get help to pay this.
If you lease the car, then insurance, breakdown cover, and repairs are included. Mileage up to a certain limit is included in the price but after that you have to pay per mile you drive.
If you cannot drive, or prefer not to drive, you can name up to two other people as drivers
For more information, see the Motability website or phone 0300 456 4566.
Updated May 2016