PIP payments are made up of two parts, a daily living and mobility part. Whether a claimant gets one or both of these payments depends on how severely their condition affected them.
To be eligible for PIP, a person must be aged between 16 and state pension age.
Additionally, they must have a physical or mental health condition or disability where they:
- Have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months
- Expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months
They’ll also need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years, and be in one of these countries when they apply.
Claims for PIP can be made by telephone, textphone or through the post.
The DWP will need to be called for claims and following this, claimants may go through an assessment period to determine eligibility.
Should a claimant disagree with a decision made by the DWP, they’ll be able to challenge it under mandatory reconsideration rules.
Where PIP is awarded, claimants will then be required to keep the Government up to date with any changes in circumstance.
This can include personal detail changes, if a condition worsens or if a claimant goes abroad.
To report a change of circumstances, the DWP can be contacted by phone or by using relay services.
Additionally, claimants will need to inform the Government if they’ve been paid too much.