Personal Independence Payment

What is a  Personal Independance Payment?


The person you care for may be able to get help with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill-health or disability.

If they are aged 16 to 64 they could receive between £22 and £141.10 a week by claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP). (Correct as of March 2018)

The amount they receive depends on how their condition affects them, not the condition itself.

They will be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help they can get. The rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure they are getting the right support.

As a carer, you could get Carer’s Allowance if the person you care for has substantial caring needs.


Who is eligible for PIP?


The person you care for must be aged 16 to 64 and have a health condition or disability where you:

  • have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
  • expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months (unless you’re terminally ill with less than 6 months to live)

They must have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years, and be in one of these countries when you apply. If you’ve recently returned from living in another EEA country, you might be able to get PIP sooner.

They can get PIP whether they are working or not.

There are additional rules if they live abroad or if they're not a British citizen.

Click here for more information on how to claim